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Pierre Monteux: Decca & Philips Recordings, 1956-1964 Box set

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Disc 1:

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  1. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 1. OuvertureClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 2. RondeauClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 3. SarabandeClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 4. Bourrée I-IIClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 5. PolonaiseClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 6. MenuetClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 7. BadinerieClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice) / Act 2 - Dance of the Blessed SpiritsClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 9:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 in D, K.314 - Cadenza by Claude Monteux - 1. Allegro apertoClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 8:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 in D, K.314 - 2. Andante ma non troppoClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 in D, K.314 - 3. AllegroClaude Monteux and London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.101 - "The Clock" - 1. Adagio - PrestoPierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 8:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.101 - "The Clock" - 2. AndantePierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.101 - "The Clock" - 3. Menuet (Allegretto) - TrioPierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.101 - "The Clock" - 4. Finale (Vivace)Pierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op.81The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux13:04Album Only
  2. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux10:21Album Only
  3. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 1. Allegro non troppoPierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker20:29Album Only
  4. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma graziosoPierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 9:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assaiPierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 4. Allegro con spiritoPierre Monteux and Wiener Philharmoniker 9:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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  1. Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un fauneThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 9:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Debussy: Nocturnes - orchestral version - 1. NuagesThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Debussy: Nocturnes - orchestral version - 2. FêtesThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Debussy: Images for Orchestra - 1. GiguesThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 7:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Debussy: Images for Orchestra / 2. Ibéria - 1. Par les rues et par les cheminsThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Debussy: Images for Orchestra / 2. Ibéria - 2. Les parfums de la nuitThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Debussy: Images for Orchestra / 2. Ibéria - 3. Le matin d'un jour de fêteThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Debussy: Images for Orchestra - 3. Rondes de printempsThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 8:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments symphoniques - 1. La Cour des LysThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments symphoniques - 2. Danse extatique et Final du 1er ActeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments symphoniques - 4. La PassionThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments symphoniques - 5. Le Bon PasteurLondon Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux and Roger Lord 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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  1. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Suite (1919) - IntroductionParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Suite (1919) - Dance of the FirebirdParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Suite (1919) - Round Dance of the PrincessesParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Suite (1919) - Infernal Dance of King KascheiParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Suite (1919) - BerceuseParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Suite (1919) - FinaleParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Ravel: La Valse - Choreographic poem, for OrchestraThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux11:39Album Only
  8. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - PréludeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Danse du rouet et scène - InterludeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Pavane de la Belle au bois dormantThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - InterludeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Les entretiens de la Belle et de la BêteThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - InterludeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Petit PoucetThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - InterludeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Laideronnette, Impératrice des PagodesThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - InterludeThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Apothéose: Le jardin féeriqueThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Ravel: BoléroThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux15:20Album Only


Disc 5:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56aThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux17:05Album Only
  2. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Prologue - IntroductionThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Prologue - 1. Marche (Entrance of King and Court)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Prologue - 3. Pas de six: Intrada - Adagio (Allegro vivo)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Prologue - 3f. Pas de six: Variation IV (Song-bird Fairy)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Prologue - 3g. Pas de six: Variation V (Violente)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 1 - 6. ValseThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 1 - Rose AdagioThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 1 - 8c. Pas d'action: Variation d'AuroreThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 1 - 8d. Pas d'action: CodaThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 1 - 9. Final (La Fée des lilas paraît)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 2 - 13a. Farandole: ScèneThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 2 - 17. Panorama (Andantino)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 22. Polacca (Allegro moderato)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 23a. Pas de quatre: Intrada (Allegro non tanto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 23c. Pas de quatre: Variation II (Polka)(Silver Fairy)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 23e. Pas de quatre: Variation IV (Diamond Fairy)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 23f. Pas de quatre: CodaThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 25a. Pas de quatre: AdagioThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 25b. Pas de quatre: Variation 1: Cinderella & FortuneThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 25c: Pas de quatre: Variation 2 - The Bluebird & Princess FlorineThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 25d: Pas de quatre - CodaThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 26: Pas de caractere - Red Riding Hood & The WolfThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 28b: Pas de Deux - AdagioThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 28e: Pas de Deux - CodaThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Act 3 - 30: Finale - Allegro Brillante (Mazurka)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3 - 30b: Finale - ApotheosisThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 1. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegroThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux10:17Album Only
  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenutoThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux14:37Album Only
  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - LargamenteThe London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 4. Finale (Allegro moderato)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux12:50Album Only
  5. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - Theme (Andante)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 1. C.A.E. (L'istesso tempo)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 2. H.D.S.-P. (Allegro)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 3. R.B.T. (Allegretto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 4. W.M.B. (Allegro di molto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 5. R.P.A. (Moderato)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 6. Ysobel (Andantino)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 7. Troyte (Presto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 8. W.N. (Allegretto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 9. Nimrod (Adagio)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 10. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Allegretto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 11. G.R.S. (Allegro di molto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 12. B.G.N. (Andante)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 13. Romanza *** (Moderato)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma" - 14. Finale: E.D.U. (Allegro - Presto)The London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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  1. Stravinsky: The Shrovetide FairJulius Katchen and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 9:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Stravinsky: In Petrushka's RoomJulius Katchen and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Stravinsky: In the Moor's RoomJulius Katchen and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 7:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Stravinsky: The Shrovetide Fair (evening)Julius Katchen and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux13:09Album Only
  5. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 1. IntroductionParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 2. Les augures printaniers - Danse des adolescentsParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 3. Jeu de raptParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 4. Rondes printanièresParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 5. Jeux des citésParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 6. Cortège du sage - Le sageParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1 - 7. Danse de la terreParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2 - 1. IntroductionParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2 - 2. Cercles mysteriéux des adolescentesParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: The Sacrifice - 3. Glorification d'élueParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2 - 4. Evocation des ancêtresParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2 - 5. Action rituelle des ancêtresParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2 - 6. Danse sacrale: l'élueParis Conservatoire Orchestra and Pierre Monteux 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 9, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Philips / Decca
  • ASIN: B000G6BJKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like many of the recent "Original Masters" reissues, this 7CD set of music conducted by Pierre Monteux has been available since last July as an import, and now has finally been released in the U.S. As most of his discography has been readily available for years, serious collectors would probably have to question whether there were indeed enough unissued Monteux performances to comprise a set of this nature. And while there are many items contained on this set that have been reissued previously in the U.S. on CD (and lots more overseas), "Pierre Monteux: Decca & Philips Recordings 1956-1964" offers some real treasures. First the stateside duplicates -- the Ravel selections have appeared in the "Philips 50" series, Haydn's Symphony 101 and the Brahms Haydn Variations in the old "Classic Sound" series, and the Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty highlights in the "Great Conductors of the Century" series (see my reviews for the latter two items). Additionally, all of the Brahms on CD2, the Sibelius 2nd Symphony and Elgar Enigma Variations on CD6, and all of the Stravinsky scattered throughout the set, have been available as imports for years. Combine the aforementioned performances, and nearly five of the seven CDs here have been previously issued somewhere, despite the back cover's claim that so many items are receiving their "first international release." But those issues aside there are some magnificent performances here, including Monteux's first stereo "Rite of Spring" from the man who of course conducted the infamous premiere. Another treat was the Mozart Flute Concerto with Pierre's son Claude as soloist, and an entire CD of first rate stereo Debussy orchestral works. In all, this is another fine set in the "Original Masters" series, just be warned serious collectors that you likely already own much of this material.
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He was great, lovable, and lived forever. Pierre Monteux left nothing but good memories behind (even if the BSO did walk out on him in the 20's in an unsuccessful attempt at a strike), and he spanned the very heart of the twentieth century, premiering The Rite of Spring in 1913 (he was already 38) and then surviving into the era of the Beatles before he died in 1964. Decca and Philips recorded him in his last decade when Monteux headed the London Sym., and he was not always at his best. Yet in this 7-CD box set there are many cherishable performances (as Mr. Richman points out, serious collectors will have to put up with considerable duplication of material already available on CD).

CD 1 begins with a romantic Bach Suite No. 2 that is nevertheless bright, airy, and vividly recorded. The same spirit imbues the Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits, but the Mozart Flute concerto #2 seems a trifle leaden. I found my attention wandering during this CD and would account only the Haydn Sym. 101 "The Clock" as first-rate Monteux--it's a warm, lyrical reading without a trace of stodginess.

CD 2 should be Exhibit A in any argument that a Frehnch conductor can do justice to Brahms. Actually, Monteux's reputation for Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky overshadowed his linfelong devotion to the German classical tradition. All three works here---the Tragic Over., Academic Festival Over., and Sym. #2--show that Monteux's Brahms was basically untroubled and sunny but never glib. You may miss Brahms's turmoil (and wonder how anyone could find less tragedy in the Tragic Over.), but the pastoral Sym. #2 was just th right choice for Monteux's style and has been a collector's staple for years. Like the Haydn, it has the benefit of the golden-voiced Vienna Phil.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory E. Foster VINE VOICE on December 15, 2010
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These recordings of Pierre Monteux conducting the London Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, and the Paris Conservatory Orchestra basically represent the last stage of this Grand Old Man's long and delightfully auspicious life.

The (but...) above is that most collectors will have some or several of these recordings already which might be a downside, but for most I have a feeling that it will be a matter of small concern as there are other items here new to the CD medium, and they ARE worthy ones.

Also, as a general statement, these recordings sort of pick up where Monteux's RCA recordings left off. I most highly recommend the Monteux Edition Pierre Monteux Edition to any and all interested in this Grand Old Man's work. It unfortunately is OOP and is expensive, even as a used set, but it documents some of the finest recorded performances ever done. One never seems to tire of, and always seems delighted with, Monteux and the way he had of working with and building great comradeship between his musicians in whatever orchestra he headed, and it shows in his recorded output.

We are not at the end of the age, yet, for many who still remember and were fortunate enough to witness Monteux in person. I unfortunately "just missed him", although I later knew Madame Monteux slightly, and enjoyed her stories about Pierre, from Sunday concerts at Monteux's School in Hancock, ME here.
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