“Jean Martinon: The Complete CSO Recordings,” released earlier this year but available only in Europe and Japan, goes on sale July 31 in the United States. The 10-disc set consists of all nine recordings that Martinon, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1968, made for RCA Red Seal (now part of Sony Masterworks). For the first time, this set collects all of these RCA albums, with some recordings newly remastered from the original source tapes, and all coming from the best possible sound source.
The discs are presented with the original LP facsimile artwork, and a comprehensive booklet offers vintage photographs, a complete discography and a new essay. Beginning July 31, CSO patrons may order the set at a 15 percent discount from the CSO’s online store, symphonystore.com. Use the promo code “martinon”; the offer will be valid through Aug. 15.
An acclaimed composer as well as conductor, Martinon reveals his fondness for contemporary music on this set, which features works by Roussel, Ravel, Varese, Bartók, Nielsen, Hindemith and others. His own Symphony No. 4, Op. 53 (Altitudes) is included on Disc 5. The set also showcases masterpieces by Bizet, Massenet, Lalo and Mendelssohn.
Earlier this year, CSO archivist Frank Villella wrote about the set on his blog; click here to read that post.