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Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2

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Munch gave extensive performances of Brahms’ symphonies 1 and 2 during his time at the Boston Symphony, particularly during the orchestra’s many national and international tours. His readings of both works exhibit his characteristic energy and enthusiasm, which, coupled with the BSO’s distinctive sound, makes for a captivating DVD.

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 5029



Symphony No.1 in C minor op.68

1 I Un poco sostenuto — Allegro 14.04

2 II Andante sostenuto 9.36

3 III Un poco allegretto e grazioso 4.44

4 IV Adagio – Più andante – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio 17.07


Symphony No.2 in D major op.73

5 I Allegro non troppo 15.54

6 II Adagio non troppo 9.01

7 III Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino) 5.33

8 IV Allegro con spirito 9.08


Total: 89.44

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Martin Kendrick

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MusicWeb International

    Martin Kendrick

    “Charles Munch conducts from memory, his baton style dominated by the long stick in his right hand. The camera work is also good, panning between musicians as they play particularly sensitive passages and not just focusing on the conductor.”

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      Martin Kendrick

      “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.”

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