Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Boston Symphony, guest Conductor Pierre Monteux -In Rehearsal – February 10, 1951 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Another historic rehearsal program from The Boston Symphony. This one features guest Conductor and former Music Director Pierre Monteux leading the orchestra in a work he originally premiered in Paris in 1913.. Stravinsky‘s Rite of Spring, which received its World Premier under Monteux in April of 1913 and immediately caused a riot among the concert goers.
Not so riotous this time, but with a lot of keen insight – and particularly interesting because he is conducting the rehearsal from memory, without the use of the score.
Sadly, we only get a half-hour snapshot of the goings-on, but it’s enough to make you realize the historic significance of this particular broadcast.
Enjoy – as always.