Pierre Monteux - The Complete RCA Stereo Recordings (8CD)

by Pierre Monteux
$44.99

No great conductor was more versatile than Pierre Monteux, whose RCA stereo recordings are collected in Sony’s new reissue. This legendary Frenchman made his name in Paris collaborating with Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel and premiering many of their greatest works, including Petrushka – included here in his peerless 1959 Boston Symphony recording. Monteux was equally at home in French, Russian and German repertoire. Among the numerous other treasures in this new 8-CD set are his unsurpassed recordings of the Franck D minor with the Chicago Symphony; his versions of Tchaikovsky’s last three symphonies (“the beautiful playing of theBoston Symphony and Monteux’s refusal to get hysterical remain all of a piece” – ClassicsToday); the first CD release of Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration from 1960 (“The maître’s last word from San Francisco is a particularly eloquent illustration of how well a French conductor can play German music” – High Fidelity); as well as his complete Rome Opera recording of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (“With the noble Orfeo of the great Risë Stevens, and the masterful, sublime conducting by the peerless Pierre Monteux, this is an Orfeo for the ages” – Fanfare).

TRACKLISTING
CD 1

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (Remastered)

1      I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima

2      II. Andantino in modo di canzone                

3      III. Scherzo - Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro     

4      IV. Finale - Allegro con fuoco

 

CD 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

1      I. Andante - Allegro con anima

2      II. Andante cantabile

3      III. Valse - Allegro moderato

4      IV. Finale - Andante maestoso

 

CD 3

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" (Remastered)

1      I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo

2      II. Allegro con grazia

3      III. Presto - Allegro molto vivace

4      IV. Finale - Adagio lamentoso

 

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene I - The Shrovetide Fair

5      Vivace

6      The Magic Trick

7      Russian Dance

 

8            Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene II - Petrushka's Room

 

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene III - The Moor's Room

9     Feroce stringendo

10      Dance of the Ballerina

 

11          Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene III: Waltz - The Ballerina and the Moor

 

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) Scene IV - The Shrovetide Fair

12      Con moto

13      The Wet Nurses' Dance

14      The Peasant and the Bear

15      The Jovial Merchant with Two Gypsy Girls

16      Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms

17      The Masqueraders

18      The Fight - The Moor and Petrushka

19      Death of Petrushka

20      Petrushka's Ghost

 

 

CD 4

César Franck: Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 (Remastered)

1      I. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo

2      II. Allegretto

3      III. Finale - Allegro non troppo

    

4            Leo Délibes: Coppélia (Remastered) - Prélude et Mazurka

5            Claude Debussy: La mer, L. 109 (Remastered) - I. De l'aube à midi sur la mer

 

Camille Saint-Saëns: Havanaise in E Major, Op. 83 (Remastered)

6      Allegretto lusinghiero

7      Allegro

8      Allegro non troppo

 

CD 5

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (Remastered)

1      I. Largo

2      II. Allegro molto agitato

3      III. Meno mosso, ma sempre alla breve

4      IV. Moderato

 

5            Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, WWV 103 (Remastered)

 

CD6

Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77

1                    I. Allegro non troppo

2                    II. Adagio

3                    III. Allegro giocoso

 

Aram Khachaturian: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor (Remastered)

4                    I. Allegro con fermezza

5                    II. Andante sostenuto

6                    III. Allegro vivace

 

CD7

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act I

1      Overture

2      Coro: "Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta"

3      Recitativo: "Amici, quel lamento"

4      Pantomime

5      Coro: "Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta" (cont.)

6      Recitativo: "Restar vogl'io da sol fra l'ombre oscure"

7      Aria: "Chiamo il mio ben così"

8      Recitativo: "Euridice, Euridice!"

9      Aria: "Cerco il mio ben così"

10      Recitativo: "Euridice, Euridice"

11      Aria: "Cerco il mio ben così" (cont.)

12      Rectitativo: "O Num! Barbari Num!"

13      Recitativo: "Amore assisterà l'infelice consorte"

14      Aria: "Se il dolce suon de la tua lira"

15      Scena: "Ciel! Rivederla potrò!"

16      Aria: "Gli sguardi trattieni"

17      Recitativo: "Che disse! Che ascoltai! Dunque Euridice vivrà"

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act II - Scene I

18      Orchestral Introduction

19      Coro: "Chi mai dell'Erebo"

20      Dance of a Fury

21      Coro: "Chi mai dell'Erebo" (cont.)

22      Deh! Placatevi con me

23      Coro: "Misero giovane!"

24      Aria: "Mille pene, ombre sdegnose"

25      Coro: "Ah! Quale incognito"

26      Aria: "Men tiranne, ah! Voi sareste"

27      Coro: "Ah! Quale incognito" (cont.)

28      Dance of the Furies

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act II - Scene II

29      Dance of the Blessed Spirits

30      Air

31      Questo asilo di placide calme

32      Arioso: "Che puro ciel! Che chiaro sol!"

33      Coro: "Vieni a' regni del riposo"

34      Dance of the Heroes

35      Recitativo: "O voi, ombre felici"

36      Coro: "Torna, o bella, al tuo consorte"

 

CD 8

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act III

1      Recitativo: "Ah vieni, Euridice, dietro me"

2      Duetto: "Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte"

3      Recitativo: "Qual vita è questa mai"

4      Aria: "Che fiero momento!"

5      Aria: "Avvezza al contento"

6      Aria: "Che fiero momento!" (cont.)

7      Recitativo: "Ecco novel tormento!"

8      Aria: "Che farò senza Euridice?"

9      Recitativo: "Ma finisca, e per sempre"

10      Non più! Che fai?

11      Divo Amore, son tue pene

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Ballet

12      Gracieux

13      Gavotte

14      Air vif

15      Menuet

16      Maestoso

17      Très lentement

18      Chaconne

19      Trionfi Amore