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Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (extracts)
(8 March1960, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
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Beethoven: Symphony No.4
(18 April 1961, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
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Beethoven: Symphony No.5
(3 November 1959, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)

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This performance of extracts from The Creatures of Prometheus is a rare one, Munch having only conducted the ballet at the BSO in one season. He breathes life into his performances of Symphonies No.4 and 5, which are executed with excitement, exuberance and panache.

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 5016


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

 

        Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op.43 (extracts)

        The Creatures of Prometheus · Les Créatures de Prométhée

1      Ouverture: Adagio — Allegro molto con brio 5.30

2      No.5: Adagio — Andante quasi allegretto 8.43

3      No.16: Finale: Allegretto — Allegro molto 5.47

 

        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.

        Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

 

        Symphony No.4 in B flat major, op.60

4      I      Adagio — Allegro vivace 10.53

5      II     Adagio 9.14

6      III   Allegro vivace 4.48

7      IV   Allegro ma non troppo 5.39

 

        Directed by David M. Davis

        Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

        Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 18 April 1961

        & © 1961 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

 

        Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with

        Seven Arts Associated Corp.

 

        Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.67

8      I      Allegro con brio 6.42

9      II     Andante con moto 11.37

10    III   Allegro — 5.11

11    IV   Allegro 8.41

 

        Directed by David M. Davis

        Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

        Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 3 November 1959

        & © 1959 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

 

        Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with

        NET (National Educational Television) and WGBH TV, Boston

        Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

 

        Boston Symphony Orchestra

        CHARLES MUNCH

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Martin Kendrick
02/Aug/2013

“This DVD, however, provides us with an excellent and fascinating interpretation of the Fourth Symphony.”

Fanfare

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    Martin Kendrick
    02/Aug/2013

    “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
      02/Aug/2013

      “While he creates a pleasant sense of flow in the slow movement of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony… there's breathtaking eloquence in the second movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.”

      BBC Music Magazine

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        Martin Kendrick
        02/Aug/2013

        “Anyone with an interest in Munch and his magnificent Boston band will find this DVD fascinating.”

        MusicWeb International

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