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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2019

If you were to buy this set just for disc three—the two Brahms concertos—it would be money well spent. But the rest of the collection is truly terrific as well.

Pierre Monteux may be one of the 20th century’s most underrated or simply overlooked conductors. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review

Richard A Kaplan
Fanfare, March 2019

These four CDs of live performances by Pierre Monteux were taped from the BBC by Richard Itter, the founder of Lyrita Records. All are appearing on CD for the first time. Monteux always lamented the fact that he was pigeonholed as a “French conductor,” pointing out that the German classics were central to his repertoire. David Patmore’s notes claim that this set helps to “set the record straight” in this regard, but still, over half the music here is French. Of course, the performances of French music here are authoritative, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that this set does not contribute as much to the Monteux discography as some previous issues by Music & Arts and West Hill Radio Archives. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, December 2018

…The Royal Philharmonic under Pierre Monteux and you witness playing in a completely different league, elegant, vibrant and positively Kreislerian in its luminosity and warmth. The teamwork with Fournier is already well known… © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Benson, November 2018

Pierre Monteux (1875–1964) also recorded profusely during his long career and many of these have already been reissued. Of particular importance is the 8 disk RCA set of all of his stereo recordings for the label, but many others are available. This ICA set offers live performances, all from the BBC. Monteux is heard conducting the BBC Symphony in Debussy’s Imsge, and Chausson’s Symphony in B flat, both from a concert May 11, 1956 in Royal Festival Hall. Also we have Brahms, the Violin Concerto from a concert in Royal Festival Hall Apru 26, 1955 with Zino Francescatti as soloist, and the Double Concerto with Francescatti and Pierre Fourniuer, a concert April 28, 1955. © 2018

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