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Bizet : Symphony No. 1, L'arlesienne Suite Nos 1 & 2 / Munch, Gerhardt, Rpo


Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 4090   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Charles MunchCharles Gerhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The material on the Profil disc came from Reader’s Digest. Reader’s Digest, often with RCA, produced several deluxe albums of classical selections, available in both monophonic and stereo, and marketed domestically and internationally with such titles as “Light Classical Gold (The World’s Best-Loved Music),” and “Festival of Light Classical Music.” To add to the allure, purchasers were assured that these records were “New Cyclophonic Miracle Sound Recordings.” Wow! Cyclophonic?!? But, they were not recordings made on the cheap. By and large they were excellent, high quality pressings and offered performances that ranged from quite respectable to very good. The albums were collections of all the war-horses, everybody’s favorites, and Read more often just the most popular extract from a larger work such as only “Procession of the Sardar” from Caucasian Sketches Suite 1. Usually material had to fit on one side of an LP, which probably accounts for Munch’s reading of the Symphony in C being shorn of repeats and clocking in at 25 minutes...The Profil disc has some stiff competition. The same pairing of the symphony with the L’arlésienne suites was recorded in 1956 by Beecham for EMI. It is now available as part of their series of “Great Recordings of the Century.” I wouldn’t trade the Beecham, but this new Profil has much to recommend it." - David L. Kirk, FANFARE Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
2. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
3. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

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