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Munch had recorded the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique two times before, both with the Boston Symphony in 1954 and 1962. The 1954 recording is very good, but RCA had not yet mastered the technical and acoustical problems of effective stereo recording in Boston's Symphony Hall. By 1962, RCA's technicians had solved their problems of making good recordings in Symphony Hall by bringing the orchestra off of the stage and onto the hall floor, but the resultant recorded performance turned out to not be as good as the 1954 performance. In 1967, Munch recorded the Symphonie Fantastique for a third time, this time with the Orchestre de Paris. The resultant recording basically is a combination of the two Boston recordings, with decent recorded sound and performance. The recording hall was the Salle Wagram in Paris, where Sir Thomas Beecham had recorded his two earlier performances of the same work, the mono one in 1958 and the stereo one in 1959, of which I feel that the 1958 recording is the better of the two.
And recording quality is acceptable to listening.
Title: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique op. 14
Artist(s): Charles Munch - Orchestre De Paris
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Recorded by EMI records 1967
Engineer – Paul Vavasseur
Producer – René Challan
1 Rêveries - Passions 13:39
2 Un Bal 6:10
3 Scène Aux Champs 5:05
4 Scène Aus Champs 9:40
5 Marche Au Supplice 4:21
6 Songe D'une Nuit De Sabbat 9:45
Total Time: 48:40