Munch/BSO: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (r. 1954) - German RCA LSC-2608
Jacket VG- / LP VG+ (German pressing - red/silver label - stereo)
This handsome LP from German (RCA-2608, German Teldec · Telefunken-Decca pressing red/silver label, stereo) features Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's enthralling rendition of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14, recorded on 14/15 November 1954 in the fabled acoustics of Symphony Hall, Boston, produced by John Pfeiffer and engineered by John Crawford.
Munch was arguably the finest Berlioz conductor of the last Century and his Symphonie Fantastique, particularly as played by that gleaming powerhouse, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a veritable tour de force, a recording that could easily serve as the standard bearer for the 'Golden Age of Stereo' – a landmark in the discography of this masterpiece.
There are insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by John N. Burk, provided in English only. The striking cover art is uncredited.