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Franck: Symphony In D Minor / Stravinsky: Petrushka Hybrid SACD
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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.
The Petrushka makes a very suitable companion, so you really get your money's worth with this album.
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This is magnificent stuff!! A huge improvement on the original recording. The Franck is superb for it's date but the Stravinsky utterly mind blowing in the detail and depth of... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by Mr. A. McMahon