Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.21 - Monteux

CD1 [73.03]

Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36; October 1960

Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod ('Tristan und Isolde'); February 1964
Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks; Musikhalle, Hamburg

Hindemith: Symphony 'Mathis de Maler'

Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra; Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen;
October 1962 (Live)

CD2 [74.07]

Debussy: Trois Nocturnes
Women of the Berkshire Festival Chorus & Boston Symphony Orchestra;
Symphony Hall, Boston; August 1955

Tchaikovsky: 'The Sleeping Beauty', Op.66 - excerpts

London Symphony Orchestra; Kingsway Hall, London; June 1957

Rouget de Lisle: La Marseillaise
London Symphony Orchestra; Walthamstow Town Hall, London; June 1962 (Rehearsal)


Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) was born in Paris, and it was there he first made his mark when he became principal conductor of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, with which he led the riot-torn premiere of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps in 1913. Other major premieres under his direction with the Ballets Russes were of Stravinsky's Petrushka (1911) and Le Rossignol (1914), Ravel's Daphnis et ChloƩ (1912), and Debussy's Jeux (1913). His other principal positions were as conductor of the Boston Symphony (1919-24), co-conductor with Willem Mengelberg of the Concertgebouw Orchestra (1924-34), principal conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris (1929-39), music director of the San Francisco Symphony (1936-52) and principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1961-4). He was also universally beloved as a guest conductor the world over.


The 1962 Danish Radio broadcast of Hindemith's Mathis de Maler Symphony, one of Monteux's favourite 20th-century scores, is a rare example of this conductor caught live and is an important addition to his discography. The Hamburg studio recordings (of Beethoven and Wagner), also from the early 1960s, have not appeared on CD before. Monteux's close links with the world of dance (not least through his association with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes) are reflected here in a superb 1957 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra (of which he later became principal conductor) of substantial extracts from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. Finally, the compilation acknowledges Monteux's reputation as a superb interpreter of the music of his native France and does so with the classic 1955 Boston recording of Debussy's Trois Nocturnes and Rouget de Lisle's La Marsellaise, taken from a 1962 rehearsal with the LSO. 

http://www.filesonic.com/file/792981964/Great Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 21 - Pierre Monteux.part1.rar
http://www.filesonic.com/file/792991044/Great Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 21 - Pierre Monteux.part2.rar
http://www.filesonic.com/file/792990974/Great Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 21 - Pierre Monteux.part3.rar
http://www.filesonic.com/file/792786734/Great Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 21 - Pierre Monteux.part4.rar



  1. thank you but the 2nd CD is corrupt.

  2. Hi "bayreuth"!
    Thank you so much for all this collection of the great maestros.
    I've tried to download part 4 both from filesonic and from fileserve and I couldn't have the 2nd CD. Part 4 is corrupted! Can you, please, do something about that? I'll appreciate!
    Greetings from Portugal

  3. After some attempts I succeed to download both cds. I don't know why, but it was not so easy. Anyway, I got it! Thanks again.


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