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Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Handel: Water Music Suite (12 April 1960)
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Mozart: Symphony No.36 'Linz' (8 April 1958)
Symphony No.38 'Prague' (3 November 1959)

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Neither of the two Mozart symphonies featured on this DVD have been commercially recorded by Charles Munch, who gives his all in these exhilarating performances from a committed 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 5057


GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL 1685–1759

Water Music Suite arr. Harty

1 I Allegro                                                                                                            3.09

2 II Air                                                                                                                   3.54

3 III Allegro deciso                                                                                           3.18

 

Directed by David M. Davis

Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 12 April 1960

(P) & © 1960, 2012 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 ERTC (Educational Radio and Television Center)

Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791

Symphony No.36 in C major K425 ‘Linz’

4 I Adagio – Allegro spiritoso                                                                       8.24

5 II Poco adagio                                                                                                 8.26

6 III Menuetto & Trio                                                                                      3.45

7 IV Finale: Presto                                                                                            6.38

 

Directed by Whitney Thompson

Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 8 April 1958

(P) & © 1958, 2012 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 NERTC (National Educational Radio and Television Center)

 

Symphony No.38 in D major K504 ‘Prague’

8 I Adagio – Allegro                                                                                         11.17

9 II Andante                                                                                                       9.30

10 III Finale: Presto                                                                                          3.49

 

Directed by David M. Davis

Produced by Jordan M. Whitelaw

Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 3 November 1959

(P) & © 1959, 2012 Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation

Original broadcast produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with NERTC (National Educational Radio and Television Center) and WGBH-TV, Boston

Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

CHARLES MUNCH

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“It enshrines those precious, unrecorded symphonies, grants visual immortality to the Boston denizens, and serves up vital, energizing readings.”

Music Web International

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    martin kendrick
    03/Aug/2013

    “His interpretations of the two Mozart symphonies are characteristically lively and exhilataring with the usual commited performance from the BSO. ”

    hbdirct.com

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      martin kendrick
      03/Aug/2013

      “Exhilirating performances of Mozart's Linz and Prague Symphonies and a splendid Handel Water Music, all from 1959 - 60.”

      BBC Music Magazine

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