Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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31st Oct 2011




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Mahler: Symphony No. 1


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 4 December 1962

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Symphony Hall, Boston, 12 November 1963

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 13 November 1962

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This series of DVDs will make the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era available for the first time since they were broadcast. This rare material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony and Erich Leinsdorf, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historic value.

The BSO’s Music Director for seven seasons, Leinsdorf had a long and distinguished career, having worked with Toscanini and Walter, conducting at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in addition to his tenure at the BSO.

Born in Mahler’s city, just over eight months after the composer’s death, Leinsdorf began his career as assistant to Mahler’s own assistant and protégé, Bruno Walter.

He played an important role in building an audience for Mahler’s symphonies during his tenure at the BSO, which came just before the Mahler boom in the 1960s.

Leinsdorf recorded all of Mahler’s symphonies apart from the Fourth for RCA Victor; recordings which became the benchmark both for sound and performance quality.

Intense, warm and expressive, his performance of Mahler’s First Symphony is an intensely personal account whilst Till Eulenspiegel – which was a party piece for the BSO during his tenure - is performed with great precision and finesse.

Two of ICA’s BSO DVDs featuring Charles Munch as conductor, have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France’s Diapason magazine.


Sound format: LPCM Mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 78’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

BBC Music Magazine

January 2012


“Leinsdorf is efficient in Mahler's First Symphony and Till Eulenspiegel”

MusicWeb International

December 2012

“it is possible to see how Leinsdorf offers a supple approach to tempo, which offers appropriately spacious phrasing throughout. His cues give a sense of the style that he wanted from the players, and the result is evident in the performance...Part of the success of the interpretation comes from Leinsdorf’s decision not to use the baton, and so his hands offer a clue to the ways in which he made this performance expressive.”

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