Newstalgia Weekend Gramophone featuring The Paris Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Andrè Cluytens in a performance of Dukas: La Peri - as performed at the 1949 Besancon Music Festival.
May 6, 2012

Andrè Cluytens - one of the iconic figures in French Musical life during the 20th Century.

Back over to the French Radio Transcriptions this week for a performance from the 1949 Besancon Festival featuring legendary Belgian conductor Andrè Cluytens leading an orchestra he was closely associated with for most of his professional career, Orchestre de la Sociètè des Concerts du Conservatoire, or Paris Conservatory for the shortened version, or simply PCO for collectors.

A wonderful orchestra with a rich, distinctive (some call it heady and pungent) sound, Cluytens made some memorable recordings with this organization, many which are still in print via CD reissue.

This weekend it's a performance of Paul Dukas La Peri, a work he has recorded commercially with this orchestra, but this live performance, I don't think, has seen the light of day.

So with probability, you may be getting to hear it here first.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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