Charles Munch conducts Schubert & Schumann

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Charles Munch conducts Schubert & Schumann

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31st Oct 2011




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Charles Munch conducts Schubert & Schumann


Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 27 February 1962


Genoveva Overture

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 18 April 1961

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 7 April 1959

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Access to the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era has been extremely difficult even for researchers. This series of DVDs will make these performances available for the first time since they were broadcast.

Munch launched the BSO into television in 1955. He was an immensely popular conductor and well suited to being filmed.

This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony and Charles Munch, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and rare historic value.

Munch demonstrates a clear enjoyment of the works and combines discipline with freedom, guiding the orchestra to a thrilling performance.

Genoveva is dramatic, whilst he gives a ‘sunny’ rendition of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony. David Hurwitz wrote on regarding a Schubert recording with Charles Munch and the BSO: “It is unbelievably exciting, with the orchestra playing as if its collective life depended on it”.

Munch had a great affection for and appreciation of Schumann’s Second Symphony, programming it in four different Boston Symphony Orchestra seasons, taking it on tour on each occasion. Munch never recorded Schumann's Symphony No.2 or Schubert's 5th Symphony, so these recordings are completely new to his discography.

This DVD also represents the first release of the works by the BSO.

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: 75’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

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