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Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Wagner: orchestral excerpts from Die Meistersinger (8 March1960, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
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Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande suite (7 April 1959, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
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Franck: Symphony in D minor (14 March 1961, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)

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All three works featured on this DVD are well suited to Munch and his Alsatian heritage. He received prolonged and enthusiastic applause from the Boston audience following the performance of the Franck Symphony, whilst the Fauré shows him as a true master of French music.

The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.

While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.

ICAD 5015


RICHARD WAGNER 1813–1883

 

        Orchestral excerpts from Act III of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

1      Prelude to Act III (Prélude du troisième acte · Vorspiel zum 3. Akt) 9.11

2      Dance of the Apprentices (Danse des Apprentis · Tanz der Lehrbuben) 3.05

3      Procession of the Meistersinger (Entrée des Maîtres · Aufzug der Meister) 3.11

 

        Directed by David M. Davis

        Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

        Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 8 March 1960

        & © 1960 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

 

            Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with Seven Arts

            Associated Corp., the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council and WGBH-TV, Boston

 

        CÉSAR FRANCK 1822–1890

 

        Symphony in D minor

4      I      Lento — Allegro ma non troppo 17.17

5      II     Allegretto 9.32

6      III   Allegro non troppo 9.57

 

        Directed by Greg Harney and David M. Davis

        Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

        Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 14 March 1961

        & © 1961 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

 

            Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with Seven Arts

            Associated Corp. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

 

        BONUS

 

        GABRIEL FAURÉ 1845–1924

 

        Pelléas et Mélisande — concert suite from the incidental music, op.80

7      I      Prélude 6.22

8      II     La Fileuse 2.01

9      III   Sicilienne 4.28

10    IV   La Mort de Mélisande 5.24

 

        Directed by Whitney Thompson

        Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

        Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 7 April 1959

        & © 1959 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)

 

        Boston Symphony Orchestra

        CHARLES MUNCH

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Martin Kendrick
02/Aug/2013


“Munch smiles broadly and whirls his baton around his head and body as the orchestra launches into the dance. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a kinship in his use of bright colors in this music to Toscanini’s famous 1937 Salzburg performance. ”

Fanfare

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    Martin Kendrick
    02/Aug/2013

    “César Franck’s Symphony is a considerable success with good picture and sound... Here is a treasure-trove for admirers of Charles Munch (1891-1968) 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
      02/Aug/2013

      “Munch drives the orchestra hard in the finale of the Franck Symphony, while he creates a pleasant sense of flow in the second movement of the Franck. There's breathtaking eloquence in Fauré's The Death Mélisande. In the Fauré Sicilienne, Munch's manner creates a vibrant and deeply felt interpretation.”

      BBC Music Magazine

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        Martin Kendrick
        02/Aug/2013

        “This DVD amounts to a very significant musical record and, given that we are told that more than a hundred such broadcast performances from Boston have been preserved, let us hope for even more to come.”

        MusicWeb International

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