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Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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SCHUBERT
Symphony No.9
SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 9 APRIL 1963
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SCHUMANN
Symphony No.4
SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 13 NOVEMBER 1962
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WAGNER
Good Friday Music from ‘Parsifal’
SYMPHONY HALL, BOSTON, 7 JANUARY 1964

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The BSO’s Music Director for seven seasons, Leinsdorf had a long and distinguished career, having worked at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in addition to his tenure at the BSO. A particular favourite of Leinsdorf’s, the Schumann is powerful and precise under his direction, whilst the Good Friday Music is a warm and sensitive rendition from a great Wagnerian conductor. Schubert’s Ninth Symphony is a new addition to his discography.

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, Erich Leinsdorf.

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.

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FRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828
Symphony No.9 in C major D944 ‘Great’

1. I Andante – Allegro ma non troppo – Più moto - 13.59
2. II Andante con moto - 14.37
3. III Scherzo: Allegro vivace - 10.38
4. IV Finale: Allegro vivace - 12.06

Director: David M. Davis
Executive Producer: Harry J. Kraut
Producer: Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 26 March 1963
(p) & © 1963, 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. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

ROBERT SCHUMANN 1810–1856
Symphony No.4 in D minor op.120

5. I Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft - 12.23
6. II Romanze: Ziemlich langsam - 5.47
7. III Scherzo: Lebhaft - 5.52
8. IV Langsam – Lebhaft - 9.38

Director: David M. Davis
Executive Producer: Harry J. Kraut
Producer: Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 13 November 1962
(p) & © 1962, 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. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive

RICHARD WAGNER 1813–1883

9. Parsifal – Good Friday Music                                                                                 11.10

(Enchantement du Vendredi Saint · Karfreitagszauber)

Director: David M. Davis
Executive Producer: Harry J. Kraut
Producer: Jordan M. Whitelaw
Recorded: Symphony Hall, Boston, 7 January 1964
(p) & © 1964, 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. Digitisation by Safe Sound Archive.

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“This second movement [Schubert], painfully expressive, tender dramatic and passionate by turns, ranks with the best I've heard. The "Romanze" [Schumann] brings another of those Leinsdorf minor miracles. Deeply tender and expressive, it touches on sublimity as concertmaster Joseph Silverstein's solo violin weaves around the texture. A very truthful picture of Leinsdorf, including a great piece of Wagner conducting.”

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