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Franck: Symphony in D Minor / Stravinsky: Petrouchka Hybrid SACD - DSD


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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Monteux
  • Composer: Cesar Franck, Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0009U55RO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lento - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2. Allegro - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
3. Allegro Non Troppo - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
4. Vivace
5. The Magic Trick
6. Russian Dance
7. Scene II: Petrouchka's Room
8. Feroce Stringendo
9. Dance Of The Ballerina
10. Valse
11. Con Moto
12. Wet Nurses' Dance
13. Peasant With Bear
14. Gypsies
15. Dance Of The Coachmen
16. Masqueraders
17. Scuffle
18. Death Of Petrouchka
19. Petrouchka's Ghost

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Wonderful performance in an absolutely good stereo sound.
Colloredo von Salzburg
It is a marvelously controlled and insightful performance with astonishing sound.
Stephen J. Swellander
Both performances will engage you as much or more than any others you may know.
P. H.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Swellander on August 29, 2005
Franck's Symphony in D has never been a favorite of mine. For years I have owned Charles Dutoit's 1991 recording with the Montreal Symphony. Every now and then I take it out and try listening to it again, wondering if I'll ever really enjoy it. I've heard a few other recordings, and none have ever excited me much, until I finally heard this classic rendition by Pierre Monteux, recorded in 1961 with the Chicago Symphony.

Monteux captures the Wagnerian sweep of the first movement, but never takes it over the top. It is a marvelously controlled and insightful performance with astonishing sound. RCA recorded this performance in three channel Living Stereo with the same orchestra and venue as the famed Fritz Reiner recordings. On SACD, this sounds far more sumptuous and full than Dutoit's much later digital recording (and the Montrealers were Decca's audiophile superstars in the eighties and nineties). This is simply an essential recording of this piece.

The pairing is no less valuable. Monteux had a close association with Stravinsky, premiering Petroushka with Diaghelev in Paris and presiding over the infamous Rite of Spring riot. This recording, of course, is a much later performance, but it is no less exciting to hear the original master directing. There is no lack of wonderful Petroushka recordings around, many in fine, modern sound; however, this one is superlative in virtually every way. The sound is excellent, aside from a bit of stridency in some of the crescendos. Otherwise, this recording stands with the best of the modern ones, and the performance exceeds most of them.

Don't hesitate. The price certainly can't be beat, especially for a hybrid SACD.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Lenthe on February 8, 2007
Irrespective of SACD, the remastering is first rate. The Petrouchka is the most vivid and colorful I have ever heard. As the program notes state, Monteux conducted the premiere and clearly has unique insight into the music. This is a "must have" for any Stravinsky aficionado. Consider the Franck an extra bonus, but buy the disk (at a bonus price, to boot) for the Pretrouchka!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on October 6, 2008
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Monteux's interpretation of the Franck D minor Symphony is unparalleled. The tempo, phrasing, and dynamics are perfect. Even though the last eleven bars of the first movement are already triple forte (fff), and even though there is no notation by the composer, Monteux pushes it even louder in the last full bar. It's very powerful.

Not only is the interpretation the best, but the sound quality of this recording (recorded in 1961) is outstanding.

This is THE version of the Franck D minor Symphony to own.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. VINE VOICE on August 12, 2006
The Franck recording was state-of-the-art for its time and even today vintage RCA recordings from this era are stand-outs. The SACD is terrific. I'm bewildered anyone would find the sound quality bad or, worse, dismiss the works of engineers of that era who often got spectacular results even in mono! Perhaps if ones ears are tuned entirely to technicolor Telarc stuff...

The Franck D-Minor, for reasons not quite obvious, is not wearing well with time and it's likely that it's one of those extremely Romantic works that needs a highly committed performance to bring it off well. I honestly haven't heard a modern (meaning last 40 years or so) performance that's done that--the temperament is of a wholly different age. However, a top-notch performance sells the work and you get it here, in the Munch recording with the BSO, with an old Silvestri recording from EMI, and with the classic Mengelberg that turns up in various incarnations.

As far as Monteux doing any Stravinsky goes there's no discussion. He got to the heart (and I mean heart) of these works, totally demolishing the myth that Stravinsky was a cold composer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James W. Ginn on April 24, 2011
Of all the recordings of the Franck Symphony this has become my one and only.
Monteux places the first and second violins on the left and right of the podium
which adds to the glory of the sound. Even with a slight rhythmic slip by the oboe
at the beginning, this is a perfect performance. The Stravinsky is simply mind-blowing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 22, 2013
This new coupling and remastering is a clear improvement of these recordings made in 1959 (Petrouchka) and 1961 (Franck). The two performances themselves are both famous but the Franck suffered from shrill tone at climaxes with some tendency to distortion. The Stravinsky needed the clarity and fuller sound-stage it now has.

Monteux has been closely identified with these two works for most of his very long working life. Indeed he conducted the premier of the Stravinsky ballet. That is a very important consideration as, quite apart from anything to do with recorded sound, what we have here are the correct speeds that would apply to what would be possible to dance to on the stage. By comparing this performance with DVDs of the actual ballet it is obvious that Monteux provides a ballet performance rather than a concert performance. This is,of course, exactly what the composer had in mind.

The improvement in the sound allows far more detail to show and it is quite obvious that this score, nowadays regularly played by youth orchestras with great accuracy, was a source of technical problems for the strings especially which can be heard to be out of synchronisation with the rest of the orchestra as they occasionally scrabble for the notes. That probably accounts for the 3 days it took to record this short ballet score compared to the one day for the slightly longer Franck symphony. Nevertheless these issues are of no real significance compared to the great advantage of hearing Monteux's interpretation of these two works in good sound.

The Franck now has no shrillness of string tone and the suggestion of distortion has been completely removed. This is a total success as is the performance.

In summary I would strongly suggest that this disc is fully worthy of very serious consideration from anyone remotely interested in the program.
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