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Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

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CHARLES MUNCH
RAVEL Ma Mère l’Oye – Suite • DEBUSSY Ibéria • La Mer
1958 & 1961 • ICAD 5014

ERICH LEINSDORF
SCHUBERT Symphony No.9 ‘Great’ • SCHUMANN Symphony No.4
WAGNER Parsifal – Good Friday Music
1962, 1963 & 1964 • ICAD 5043
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5
MOZART Serenade No.9 ‘Posthorn’ – Minuet I
1963 & 1969 • ICAD 5059

WILLIAM STEINBERG
HAYDN Symphony No.55 • BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
1962, 1969 & 1970 • ICAD 5067
BRUCKNER Symphony No.8 (2nd revised edition)
1962 • ICAD 5071

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This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and three of their eminent music directors, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf and William Steinberg. This historical footage has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historical value, and has been described by critics as a ‘rare treat’ (Gramophone) and ‘welcome documentations’ (BBC Music Magazine).

Release Date: 30th September 2013

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CHARLES MUNCH

RAVEL Ma Mère l’Oye – Suite • DEBUSSY Ibéria • La Mer

1958 & 1961 • ICAD 5014

MAURICE RAVEL 1875–1937
Ma Mère l’Oye — Suite

1. I Pavane de la Belle au bois 3.47
3. III Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes 3.17
4. IV Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête 5.45
5. V Le Jardin féerique 4.23

Directed by Whitney Thompson
Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 4 February 1958
Publisher: Arima Corp. / Nordice bv c/o Éditions Durand & © 1958 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council, WGBH TV, Boston and NET (National Educational Television)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY 1862–1918
Ibéria (Images, No.2)

6. I Par les rues et par les chemins 8.34
7. II Les Parfums de la nuit — 10.53
8. III Le Matin d’un jour de fête 4.42

Directed by David M. Davis
Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 31 October 1961 & © 1961 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation
Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with NET (National Educational Television)

La Mer
9. I De l’aube à midi sur la mer 9.36
10. II Jeux de vagues 6.46
11. III Dialogue du vent et de la mer 7.45

Directed by Whitney Thompson
Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 28 October 1958 & © 1958 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council, WGBH TV, Boston and NET (National Educational Television)
La Mer was filmed for live broadcast on 28 October 1958. Due to the age and condition of the film, the level of restoration work was limited. In spite of certain technical constraints, this performance is of great significance and is testimony to Munch’s reputation as a celebrated interpreter of French music.

 


 

ERICH LEINSDORF

SCHUBERT Symphony No.9 ‘Great’ • SCHUMANN Symphony No.4

WAGNER Parsifal – Good Friday Music

1962, 1963 & 1964 • ICAD 5043

FRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828
Symphony No.9 in C major D944 ‘Great’

1. I Andante – Allegro ma non troppo – Più moto - 13.59
2. II Andante con moto - 14.37
3. III Scherzo: Allegro vivace - 10.38
4. IV Finale: Allegro vivace - 12.06

Director: David M. Davis
Executive Producer: Harry J. Kraut
Producer: Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 26 March 1963
(p) & © 1963, 2011 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Taken from a broadcast distributed by Seven Arts Associated Corp., produced originally by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council, WGBH. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

ROBERT SCHUMANN 1810–1856
Symphony No.4 in D minor op.120

5. I Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft - 12.23
6. II Romanze: Ziemlich langsam - 5.47
7. III Scherzo: Lebhaft - 5.52
8. IV Langsam – Lebhaft - 9.38

Director: David M. Davis
Executive Producer: Harry J. Kraut
Producer: Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 13 November 1962
(p) & © 1962, 2011 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Taken from a broadcast distributed by Seven Arts Associated Corp., produced originally by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council, WGBH. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

RICHARD WAGNER 1813–1883

9. Parsifal – Good Friday Music 11.10

(Enchantement du Vendredi Saint · Karfreitagszauber)

Director: David M. Davis
Executive Producer: Harry J. Kraut
Producer: Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 7 January 1964
(p) & © 1964, 2011 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation
Taken from a broadcast distributed by Seven Arts Associated Corp., produced originally by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council, WGBH. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive.


 

ERICH LEINSDORF

BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5

MOZART Serenade No.9 ‘Posthorn’ – Minuet I

1963 & 1969 • ICAD 5059

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

1. Egmont Overture op.84 - 8.50

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893
Symphony No.5 in E minor op.64

2. I Andante – Allegro con anima - 13.30
3. II Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - 12.25
4. III Valse: Allegro moderato - 4.49
5. IV Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace - 12.17

Directed by William Cosel
Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 15 April 1969
(P) & © 1969, 2012 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation
Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with WGBH TV, Boston

BONUS

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791
Serenade No.9 in D major K320 ‘Posthorn’

6. II Minuet I - 4.21

Directed by David M. Davis
Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 15 January 1963
(P) & © 1963, 2012 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation
Taken from a broadcast distributed by Seven Arts Associated Corp., produced originally by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with WGBH TV, Boston
Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

 


 

WILLIAM STEINBERG

HAYDN Symphony No.55 • BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

1962, 1969 & 1970 • ICAD 5067

JOSEPH HAYDN 1732–1809
Symphony No.55 in E flat major Hob.I:55

1. I Allegro di molto - 6.57
2. II Adagio, ma semplicemente - 6.29
3. III Menuetto e Trio - 4.35
4. IV Finale: Presto - 3.53

Directed by William Cosel · Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 7 October 1969
(P) & © 1969, 2012 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827
Symphony No.7 in A major op.92

5. I Poco sostenuto – Vivace - 14.07
6. II Allegretto - 7.50
7. III Presto – Assai meno presto - 7.52
8. IV Allegro con brio - 8.06

Directed by William Cosel · Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 6 October 1970
(P) & © 1970, 2012 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

BONUS

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827
Symphony No.8 in F major op.93

9. I Allegro vivace e con brio - 10.05
10. II Allegretto scherzando - 4.01
11. III Tempo di menuetto - 4.47
12. IV Allegro vivace - 7.14

Directed by David M. Davis · Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 9 January 1962
(P) & © 1962, 2012 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

 


 

WILLIAM STEINBERG

BRUCKNER Symphony No.8 (2nd revised edition)

1962 • ICAD 5071

ANTON BRUCKNER 1824–1896
Symphony No.8 in C minor (2nd revised edition)

1. I Allegro moderato - 14.25
2. II Scherzo: Allegro moderato – Trio: Langsam - 13.47
3. III Adagio: Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend - 20.42
4. IV Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell - 17.10


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Martin Kendrick
19/Aug/2013

“Munch, like Toscanini, Strauss, Busch, and a very few others, is one of the more fascinating conductors to watch on the podium.”

Fanfare

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    Martin Kendrick
    19/Aug/2013

    “A more collegial figure, always mindful of his experience as an orchestral violinist, he is an unshowy but very watchable figure on the podium, his face often wreathed in a beatific smile, his arms, as Richard Dyer observes in his amiable booklet, flung wide “as if to embrace the music…souplesse for him is a greater virtue than precision.”

    Gramophone

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      Martin Kendrick
      19/Aug/2013

      “Debussy’s La mer, and Ibéria (from Images pour orchestra), are fleet, brightly coloured and rhythmically taut... Here is a treasure-trove for admirers of Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony... It has been enjoyable to witness Charles Munch at work, an opportunity to see how he did it. What comes over consistently is how much he relished conducting a great orchestra.”

      ClassicalSource.com

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        Martin Kendrick
        19/Aug/2013

        “Munch drives the orchestra hard in the ecstatic culmination of Debussy's La mer.”

        BBC Music Magazine

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          Martin Kendrick
          19/Aug/2013

          “Admirers of the conductor will want it, as will those interested in American orchestral playing of the period.”

          MusicWeb International

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            Martin Kendrick
            19/Aug/2013

            “This second movement [Schubert], painfully expressive, tender dramatic and passionate by turns, ranks with the best I've heard. The "Romanze" [Schumann] brings another of those Leinsdorf minor miracles. Deeply tender and expressive, it touches on sublimity as concertmaster Joseph Silverstein's solo violin weaves around the texture. A very truthful picture of Leinsdorf, including a great piece of Wagner conducting.”

            Music Web International

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              Martin Kendrick
              19/Aug/2013

              “…a rare treat…”

              Gramophone

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                Martin Kendrick
                19/Aug/2013

                “Leinsdorf belatedly enters the select list of the greatest Tchaikovsky performances on record.”

                Music Web International

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                  Martin Kendrick
                  19/Aug/2013

                  “Recorded in 1962, Steinberg is the polar opposite of modern showbiz, inspiring primeval orchestral eruptions with the minimum of fuss as though the orchestra is mesmerised by him.”

                  BBC Music Magazine

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                    Martin Kendrick
                    19/Aug/2013

                    “marvellous time capsule for those of us who appreciated William Steinberg.”

                    Fanfare

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                      Martin Kendrick
                      19/Aug/2013

                      “Precise yet expressive, Steinberg's Beethoven Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 are models of clarity and rhythmic dynamism. The Haydn is excellent.”

                      BBC Music Magazine

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