Paul Paray The Mercury Masters Vol 1 (23CD)
Label
Eloquence Mercury
Catalogue No.
4842318
Barcode
00028948423187
Format
23-CD
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CD 1
MAURICE RAVEL (1822–1890)
Boléro, M.81

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

CD 2
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts I & III
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I
Tannhäuser: Overture
Die Walküre: The Ride of the Valkyries (Act III)

CD 3         
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

CD 4         
CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Symphony in D minor

CD 5
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36
Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 ‘Antar’

CD 6         
MAURICE RAVEL (1822–1890)
La Valse

GABRIEL FAURÉ (1841–1904)
Pavane, Op. 50 (orchestral version)

CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Psyché – poème symphonique (excerpts)

CD 7
PAUL DUKAS (1865–1935)
L’Apprenti sorcier

GABRIEL FAURÉ (1841–1904)
Pelléas et Mélisande – Incidental music, Op. 80

ALBERT ROUSSEL (1869–1937)
Le Festin de l’araignée, Op. 17

PAUL DUKAS (1865–1935)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Children’s story with narration
Jerry Terheyden, narrator

CD 8
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Les Préludes

CD 9         
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture
Parsifal: Good Friday Music (Act III)
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod (Act III) (orchestral version)
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs (Act II)

CD 10       
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’

CD 11
EMMANUEL CHABRIER (1841–1894)
España – Rhapsody for Orchestra

MAURICE RAVEL (1875–1937)
Rapsodie espagnole, M.54

JACQUES IBERT (1890–1962)
Escales

CD 12
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

CD 13
GEORGES BIZET (1838–1875)
Carmen Suite
L’Arlésienne – Suite No. 1
L’Arlésienne – Suite No. 2

CD 14       
MAURICE RAVEL (1875–1937)
Boléro, M.81
Ma Mère l’oye, M.60

EMMANUEL CHABRIER (1841–1894)
Bourreé fantasque (orch. Mottl)

ALBERT ROUSSEL (1869–1937)
Suite in F major, Op. 33

HENRY BARRAUD (1900–1997)
Offrande à une ombre

CD 15
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
La Mer, L.109
Ibéria (No. 2 of Images pour orchestre)

CD 16
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ‘Organ Symphony’
Marcel Dupré, organ

CD 17
ERNEST CHAUSSON (1855–1899)
Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

CD 18       
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873–1943)
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

CD 19       
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

CD 20       
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Götterdämmerung: Prologue – Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey (Act I)
Siegfried Idyll
Parsifal: Prelude
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude (Act III)

CD 21
PAUL PARAY (1886–1979)
1–4 Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc
5 Paul Paray’s post-session thanks to the performers
Frances Yeend, soprano; Frances Bible, mezzo-soprano
David Lloyd, tenor; Yi-Kwei-Sze, bass
Rackham Symphony Choir

CD 22       
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV 385, ‘Haffner’

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 96 in D major, Hob.I:96, ‘The Miracle’

CD 23
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 ‘Rhenish’

DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PAUL PARAY

Recording information

CD 1
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, February 1953.
Recorded using a single Neumann U-47 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50020: July 1953
P 1953 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 2
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, February 1953.
Recorded using a single Neumann U-47 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50021: September 1953
P 1953 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 3
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Masonic Temple, Detroit, USA, February 1953.
Recorded using a single Neumann U-47 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50022: September 1953
P 1953 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 4
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Masonic Temple, Detroit, USA, February 1953.
Recorded using a single Neumann U-47 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50023: September 1953
P 1953 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 5
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 7 December 1953.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50028: April 1954
P 1954 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 6
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 7 December 1953.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50029: July 1954
P 1954 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 7
(Tracks 1-10)
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 26–28 December 1953.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50035: April 1954
P 1954 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

(Track 11)
Recording Producer: Harold Lawrence
Original Mercury Release: Wing CCM 251A & MGV 14501 / Mercury PLP 1305
P 1964 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 8
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 26–28 December 1953.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50036: August 1954
P 1954 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 9
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, USA, 27 November 1954 (Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Siegfried), 25 March 1955 (Tristan und Isolde)
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50044: September 1955
P 1955 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 10
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: Aaron Nathanson
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 26 November 1954.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50045: February 1955
P 1955 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 11
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 25 March 1955.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50056: September 1955
P 1955 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 12
Executive Producer: Wilma Cozart
Recording Director: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 26 March 1955.
Recorded using a single Schoeps M201 microphone
Original Mercury Release: MG 50057: September 1955
P 1955 Universal International Music B.V.
MONO

CD 13
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, United States, 8 November 1956
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90001: 1958
P 1958 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 14
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Locations: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, USA, 19 March 1957 (Ravel: Ma mère l’oye; Chabrier: Bourreé fantasque; Roussel: Suite in F major; Barraud: Offrande à une ombre); Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 24 March 1958 (Ravel: Boléro)
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann KM-56 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Releases: SR 90005 (Ravel: Boléro, Ma mère l’oye; Chabrier: Bourreé fantasque): 1958; MG 50145 (Roussel: Suite in F major; Barraud: Offrande à une ombre – mono): 1958; SRI 75100 (Roussel: stereo release on Mercury’s ‘Golden Imports’ LP series): 1978; 434 389-2 (Barraud: first stereo release on CD only): 1997
P 1958 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 15
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 3–4 December 1955
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90010: 1958
P 1958 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 16
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, USA, 10 December 1957
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann KM-56 microphones (L–R)
Analog to digital transfer by John K. Chester, from first-generation 3-track master tapes
Plangent Process and Audio Restoration by Jamie Howarth
3- to 2-channel Mix and Mastering by Thomas Fine
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90012: 1958
P 1958 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 17
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 23 March 1956
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90017: October 1958
P 1958 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 18
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, USA, 18 March 1957
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann KM-56 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90019: September 1958
P 1958 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 19
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: David Hall
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 3–4 December 1955
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90102: 1960
P 1960 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 20
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA, 23 March 1956
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90107: 1959
P 1959 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 21
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, USA, 20 October 1956
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann KM-54 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90128: 1959
P 1959 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 22
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart Fine
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, USA, 21 October 1956
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90129: 1959
P 1959 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

CD 23
Recording Producer: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Recording Engineer: C. Robert Fine
Recording Location: Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium, Detroit, USA, 9 November 1956
Recorded on 3-track half-inch tape, using one Schoeps M201 microphone (centre) and two Neumann U-47 microphones (L–R)
Original Mercury Living Presence Release: SR 90133: 1959
P 1959 Universal International Music B.V.
STEREO

Reviews

“Judging from the first releases by him and the newly resuscitated Detroit Symphony Orchestra, [Paray] should soon come into his own. His reading of this much-played symphony is a thrill from start to finish.” High Fidelity, November 1953 (Franck)

“Once again, Paray reveals his mastery at interpreting modern French music. The [Pelléas Suite] emerges as the essence of beauty and simplicity, while La Valse, infused with new life, is made to rise to thrilling dramatic heights.” High Fidelity, December 1954 (Fauré/Franck/Ravel)

“A Seventh of strong assertion and iron-clad rhythm, a Teutonic paean to substantial motion … The whole has no more subtlety than the surf when the ocean is violent, but it has the same kind of conviction.” High Fidelity, January 1954 (Beethoven: Symphony No. 7)

“Mr. Paray is one of the few universalists who can acquit themselves well of almost any musical problem … This writer is not a student of [Les Préludes], but he knows no recording of it better than this, nor any reason why there should be one.” High Fidelity, November 1954 (Schumann/Liszt)

“[Paray] has a way with this music that knows few, if any, parallels among present-day conductors. He makes it live and breathe, infusing it with a magic mixture of subtlety and excitement. Thus, his Sorcerer’s Apprentice abounds in drama, suspense and humour from beginning to end.” High Fidelity, November 1954 (Dukas/Fauré/Roussel)

“[The DSO] play French music with altogether admirable style and technique, and though the former may be due to Paray’s expert coaching, the latter is very clearly their own possession – and a most remarkable one it is.” Gramophone, February 1955 (Dukas/Fauré/Roussel)

“This is not balance as we recognize it but it is perhaps better, in a splendour of brass and full identity of the woods beyond a concert-hall experience of the throttled instrumentation of the music. It is the most startling version, and perhaps also the best.” High Fidelity, February 1956 (Brahms, Symphony No. 4)

“His interpretations are all well-judged … these players show not only brilliance but a very attractive lightness of rhythm … The swiftly moving but very quiet Prize Song theme is just right.” Gramophone, October 1956 (Wagner)

“I couldn’t believe my ears, and darted to the turntable to see if it was set by mistake to 45. But it wasn’t; Paray really was taking the first movement like that.” Gramophone, January 1957 (Beethoven, Symphony No. 6)

“The approach is fresh and full of vitality. The lush melodies and harmonies get plenty of attention, but are never allowed to cloy … The Detroit Symphony, which he has built into a top-notch orchestra, responds magnificently.” High Fidelity, February 1957 (Chausson)

“Four of the finest Wagner performances currently available. Paray is one of those remarkable French musicians who can give impressive and stylistically sound accounts of German scores, and the orchestra responds beautifully to his leadership.” High Fidelity, February 1957 (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, etc)

“Recommended without reserve … Paray and his orchestra play each [excerpt] most sympathetically … the Tristan Prelude is extremely well built by Paray.” Gramophone, July 1957 (Wagner)

“Paray’s treatment … imparts new flavour and excitement.” High Fidelity, August 1957 (Bizet)

“Paray … builds the work from beginning to end, with a truly moving climax resulting … Nowhere do I know of a recording that transmits the tremendous peaks of the finale with such transparency. The disc is wonderful in every way.” High Fidelity, March 1959 (Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3)

“Paray’s is one of the best-proportioned versions of the richly romantic Rachmaninoff Second Symphony in recorded form, and the conductor manages to draw superb performances from his orchestra.” High Fidelity, March 1964 (Rachmaninoff: Symphony No 2)