Post by aesthete8
- ...This is a pure celebration of the apex of French culture –
graceful yet powerful; complex yet elegant; understated yet deeply
emotional; committed yet relaxed; respectful of tradition yet
thoroughly modern; each instrument gleaming with individual pride yet
perfectly nestled in the ensemble; utterly natural yet exquisitely
polished; deeply cultured yet an invitation for all to enjoy and
partake of its wonder. It’s a stunning tribute to these and so many
These are characteristics of the French tradition. They are
characteristics of other traditions as well.
Paray is hardly the epitome of "committed but relaxed". Relaxed?
Paray?? How about "fast", "faster", and "fastest"?
I'm also not convinced by "utterly natural but exquisitely polished."
Are these opposites?
And that last part..."deeply cultured yet an invitation for all to
enjoy..."--how is that unique to Paray, or to France. Sounds like the
norm for great music anywhere and a diss to the avant garde of France
as much as any country.
As for the stuff you don't quote, I also object to this premise that
this series of Mercury recordings was so unfathomable. It makes
perfect sense that Detroit was a good place for Paray. We're talking
about a city at its commercial peak, rolling in money, ready to
welcome good musicians looking for a good home and good pay post-War.
The fact that Paray could go somewhere that has a fine group of
players and get results that sound "French" to someone who hasn't got
a deep feel for what French orchestras sounded like is a testament to
how fragile national differences were, even when they were fairly