Pierre Monteux

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Pierre Benjamin Monteux (pronounced: [pjɛʁ mɔ̃.tø]; 4 April 1875 – 1 July 1964) was a French (later American) conductor. After violin and viola studies, and a decade as an orchestral player and occasional conductor, he began to receive regular conducting engagements in 1907. He came to prominence when, for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company between 1911 and 1914, he conducted the world premieres of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and other prominent works including Petrushka, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy's Jeux. Thereafter he directed orchestras around the world for more than half a century.

From 1917 to 1919 Monteux was the principal conductor of the French repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He led the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1919–24), Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra (1924–34), Orchestre Symphonique de Paris (1929–38) and San Francisco Symphony (1936–52). In 1961, aged eighty-six, he accepted the chief conductorship of the London Symphony Orchestra, a post which he held until his death three years later. Although known for his performances of the French repertoire, his chief love was the music of German composers, above all Brahms. He disliked recording, finding it incompatible with spontaneity, but he nevertheless made a substantial number of records.

Monteux was well known as a teacher. In 1932 he began a conducting class in Paris, which he developed into a summer school that was later moved to his summer home in Les Baux in the south of France. After moving permanently to the US in 1942, and taking American citizenship, he founded a school for conductors and orchestral musicians in Hancock, Maine. Among his students in France and America who went on to international fame were Igor Markevitch, Neville Marriner, André Previn, Lorin Maazel and Seiji Ozawa. The school in Hancock has continued since Monteux's death.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 Symphony no. 2 Jean Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 2
1981 Swan Lake Пётр Ильич Чайковский; London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 2
1994 Le sacre du printemps; Pétrouchka Stravinksky; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
1997 Romeo & Juliet / Symphonie fantastique Berlioz; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Monteux 1
2001 Orchestral Favorites Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
2004 Pathétique Symphony Tchaikovsky; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faun - Nocturnes - Images Claude Debussy; London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
Violin Concertos / Chaconne Bach; Yehudi Menuhin, George Enescu, Orchestre symphonique de Paris, Pierre Monteux 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Brahms: Symphony no. 2 / Schicksalslied / Mahler: Kindertotenlieder Compilation Brahms, Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux, Marian Anderson 1
1996 Holst: The Planets, op.32 / Elgar: Enigma Variations Compilation Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar; Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
2000 Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Khachaturian: Violin Concerto Compilation Prokofiev, Khachaturian; Elias, Chicago Symphony, Reiner, Kogan, Symphony Orchestra, Monteux 1
2000 Sibelius: Symphonie N°2 / Elgar: Variations Enigma Compilation Sibelius, Elgar; Pierre Monteux 1
2004 Yehudi Menuhin interpreta Bach - Concierto para Violín n° 1 | n° 2 Compilation Bach; Yehudi Menuhin, Orchestre symphonique de Paris dirigida por: George Enescu y Pierre Monteux 1
2006 Le martyre de Saint Sebastien and Other Orchestral Works Compilation Debussy; Eduard van Beinum, Pierre Monteux, Bernard Haitink 1

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