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    Default Pierre de la Roche

    Have we ever tackled the identity of the mystery conductor of Vanguard's Songs of the Auvergne recordings?

    Other web searches seem to have ruled-out Pierre Monteux and I can't imagine him in his late 80s learning all the songs.

    Any other knowledge (ideally) or theories. The (Viennese?) orchestral musicians must have known....

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    I had no idea that Pierre de la Roche was a pseudonym, though the unnamed orchestra had puzzled me. What I remember about the original Vanguard LPs is that they were labelled 'Songs of the Auvergine' on the spine. More than thirty years later I still imagine aubergines sizzling in the oven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathias broucek View Post
    Other web searches seem to have ruled-out Pierre Monteux
    But 'De la Roche' presumably suggesting Peter/Pierre/Pietro/Pyotr Someone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by french frank View Post
    But 'De la Roche' presumably suggesting Peter/Pierre/Pietro/Pyotr Someone?
    But not Peter Mountain!


    http://books.google.co.uk/books/abou...IC&redir_esc=y

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    Crossword enthusiasts and followers of the Alphabetical Associations Thread will have no problem with this: de la Roche ("of the rock") is a reference to "Rock and Roll", so it must be "Peter Roll" or Pierre Boulez. Simples!


    (Strictly speaking, of course, "Pierre Boulez" translates into "Rolling Stone", but they were far too young at the time to merit serious consideration. )

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