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Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Mendelssohn
Symphony No.3
SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 1 DECEMBER 1959
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Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4
SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 4 FEBRUARY 1958
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Mozart
Masonic Funeral Music (BONUS)
SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 7 APRIL 1959

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Characteristically lively renditions, Charles Munch’s interpretations of both Mendelssohn Symphonies are energetic and precise with excellent articulation from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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 5039


FELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1847

 

Symphony No.3 in A minor op.56 ‘Scottish’

1 I           Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato – Assai animato     13.27

2 II          Vivace non troppo                                                                                          3.44

3 III         Adagio                                                                                                                 8.41

4 IV        Allegro vivacissimo – Allegro maestoso assai                                      9.14

 

Directed by David M. Davis

Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 1 December 1959

(p) & © 1959, 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 TV, Boston, and NERTC (National Education and Television Center)

 

Symphony No.4 in A major op.90 ‘Italian’

5 I           Allegro vivace                                                                                                   7.49

6 II          Andante con moto                                                                                         6.08

7 III         Con moto moderato                                                                                      6.18

8 IV        Saltarello: Presto                                                                                             6.26

 

Directed by Whitney Thompson · Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 4 February 1958

(p) & © 1958, 2011 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 ERTC

(Educational Radio and Television Centre)

 

BONUS

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791

 

9 Masonic Funeral Music K477/479a                                                                       8.24

 

Directed by Whitney Thompson · Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 7 April 1959

(p) & © 1959, 2011 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 ERTC

(Educational Radio and Television Centre)

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

CHARLES MUNCH

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“These are performances brimming with Munch's characteristic vitality, both symphonies given with a splendid combination of fire and delicasy.”

International Record Review

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    martin kendrick
    03/Aug/2013

    “Re-mastered with greatest care, this DVD portrays the characteristically lively interpretations of both symphonies with energetic, precise, and excellent articulation from the Boston Symphony. ”

    hbdirct.com

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