Paul Paray with Arthur Rubinstein And The Detroit Symphony Play Music Of Wagner, Walton, Mozart, Tchaikovsky And Delius – 1960 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Paul Paray -  Guiding light in Detroit and pioneer of the Mercury Living Presence Recordings of the 1950s.

Paul Paray – Guiding light in Detroit and pioneer of the Mercury Living Presence Recordings of the 1950s.

 

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Detroit Symphony – Paul Paray, Cond. – Arthur Rubinstein, Piano – January 7, 1960 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

More history this week – a rare broadcast performance featuring the legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein and the Detroit Symphony conducted by Music Director Paul Paray in music of Wagner, Walton, Delius, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. It was recorded on January 7, 1960 and features an intermission interview with Rubinstein.

Paul Paray was one of the more celebrated French conductors of the 1920s and 1930s. He made his U.S. debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1939 and was appointed Music Director of the Detroit Symphony in 1952, where he shortly after embarked on the legendary series of recordings to be known as the Mercury Living Presence series which were not only hailed for their sonic brilliance at the time, but established Paray with American audiences as one of the most brilliant. Although he had long enjoyed a stellar reputation in Europe for quite some time.

This program is pretty varied and quite enjoyable. Here’s what’s on the player:

Detroit Symphony – Paul Paray, Cond. – Artur Rubinstein, Piano – January 7, 1960

Wagner: Overture to Rienzi
Walton: Facade Suite Number 1
Mozart: Piano Concerto in A Major Number 23
Intermission feature Interview with Rubinstein
Delius: A Walk to The Paradise Garden
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concert Number 1 (w/Rubinstein)

 

Just a shade under two hours. Enjoy.

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2 Responses

  1. Rubinstein is one of my favorite artists of all time; very grateful to have this…many thanks!

  2. Jean Thorel says:

    The very first concert I attended was under Paray, who was also a talented composer……I will never forget this great musician. All his concerts are priceless and much welcome. thanks so much for this post. The combination with Rubinstein is of course fantastic.