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Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas

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IVES
Three Places in New England
13 JANUARY 1970, SYMPHONY HALL, BOSTON
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SIBELIUS
Symphony No.4
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WAGNER
Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
10 MARCH 1970, SYMPHONY HALL, BOSTON
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Interviews with Michael Tilson Thomas
1970, BOSTON & 2013, LONDON

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Less than one year after Michael Tilson Thomas’s first appointment with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a series of concerts were filmed for television that demonstrate an electric relationship with the orchestra’s newest assistant conductor. Featuring Three Places in New England by Charles Ives, a composer whom Tilson Thomas has long since championed, as well as two works that are completely new to his discography and videography, this DVD gives a valuable account of his early performances with the BSO. Exclusive bonus interviews with this dynamic Maestro provide a fascinating insight into the performances captured here on film.

ICAD 5111


1 Introduction to ICA Classics - 2.57

 

CHARLES IVES 1874–1954

Three Places in New England (Orchestral Set No.1)

2 I The ‘St-Gaudens’ in Boston Common (Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment) - 9.07

3 II Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut - 6.01

4 III The Housatonic at Stockbridge - 4.36

Copyright © 1935 by Mercury Music Corporation
Theodore Presser Company, Sole Representative
All Rights Reserved.
Used With Permission.

Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw · Directed by William Cosel

 

Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 13 January 1970

 & © & ©1970, 2013 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Taken from a broadcast produced originally by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

in association with WGBH-TV, Boston

 

JEAN SIBELIUS 1865–1957

Symphony No.4 in A minor op.63

5 I Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio - 10.22

6 II Allegro molto vivace - 5.16

7 III Il tempo largo - 9.23

8 IV Allegro - 10.47

 

RICHARD WAGNER 1813–1883

9 Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung) - 14.40

 

Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw · Directed by William Cosel

Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 10 March 1970

 & ©1970, 2013 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Taken from a broadcast produced originally by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

in association with WGBH-TV, Boston

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

 

BONUS

 

10 Interview with Michael Tilson Thomas (2013) 27.00

Recorded: June 2013 · Interviewer: Stephen Wright

 ©2013 International Classical Artists Ltd

 

11 Excerpt from interview with Michael Tilson Thomas (1970) 4.15

Recorded: September 1970 · Interviewer: Andrew Raeburn

 ©1970, 2013 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

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Aurelie B
26/Feb/2014

The Michael Tilson Thomas Boston Symphony performances are fascinating glimpses into the early career of the brilliant American conductor. [...] These Boston performances are superb in every way, and have been very well recorded in stereo, with the camera usually in the right place. A 27-minute bonus is a 1970 Boston interview in which he discusses music on this DVD, and another brief (4:15) interview taped in London in 2013. This is a fascinating issue for those who admire the art of conducting showing one of today's major artists early in his career.

CLASSICAL CD REVIEW, November 2013

    Grade 
    International-classical A
    01/Oct/2013

    “MTT’s powerful Ives and Sibelius performances are electrifying, Bernstein’s Enigma Variations exuberant beyond all common measure.”

    Pizzicato

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      International-classical A
      01/Oct/2013

      “…These three compositions play as significant a role in his repertoire today as they did when he was in Boston… This is definitely a historic document of a history that should not be forgotten.”

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