Click on the link here for Audio Player: ORTF Orchestra in concert at the 1969 Besancon Festival, Jean Martinon, Conductor – Maurice Gendron, Cello
Anyone who has spent any time this past week surfing the various radio outlets around Europe knows this is festival season all over. This week Radio France Musique is in full festival mode with a number of special programs as well as live-and-direct broadcasts.
But the huge attraction of this massive outpouring of cultural riches is the month-long look at historic broadcasts by the old ORTF Orchestra under the direction of a number of celebrated musical figures, as well as some legendary soloists. This week they are running broadcasts by Jean Martinon and Sergiu Celibidache; two major names on the podium during the second half of the last century.
This week it’s a concert featuring Jean Martinon with cellist Maurice Gendron in a concert broadcast from the Besancon Festival on September 12, 1969.
Here’s what’s on the player:
ORTF Orchestra, dir. Jean Martinon
2. Anton DVORAK
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, opus 104
Maurice Gendron, cello
3. Claude Debussy
Iberia , images for Orchestra No. 2
In the streets and roads
fragrances of the night
the morning of a holiday
4. Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel , symphonic poem op.28
(Archive INA / Register: 12/09/1969 International Festival of Besançon)
The whole series, which is daily until mid-August, is via the INA Archive in Paris. I’ve heard about this archive and I’ve visited their website. It’s impressive and it features a wide array of cultural and social clips, audio and photos. You can spend weeks there just browsing. Believe me, I have.
At any rate, this is a special concert and a historic one. I hope to get more of these up in the coming weeks. They are not to be missed.
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