Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler & Mozart

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Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler & Mozart

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30th April 2012




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Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler & Mozart

Symphony Hall, Boston, 15 January 1977


Symphony No. 4

Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano)


Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

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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 concert footage that exists with Klaus Tennstedt from this key chapter in his career and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historic value.

This DVD is only the third filmed performance featuring Tennstedt with the BSO to be made available to the public and represents some of the earliest concert footage with this great conductor. Tennstedt has been compared with Barbirolli, Furtwängler, Karajan and Klemperer by the Gramophone Classical Music Guide, whilst BBC Music Magazine described ICA Classics’ recent DVD release featuring Tennstedt directing the LPO in Mahler 5 as ‘epitomising the combination of immensely detailed precision and overwhelming expressive intensity that Tennstedt’s many admirers found so special’.

Tennstedt and the BSO formed a close association, together covering much of the Austro-German symphonic tradition, such as the works included on this DVD, which are described by Michael McManus as a ‘classic Tennstedt programme’.

The only available (audio) recording with Tennstedt performing Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony is a concert performance with the LPO from 1984.

The Penguin Guide describes the second of only two recordings with Tennstedt performing Mahler 4 (with the LPO, 5 years after the recording on this DVD) as ‘a strong, spacious reading which yet conveys an innocence entirely in keeping with this most endearing of the Mahler symphonies’.

Tennstedt was well known for the depth and animation of his concert performances, to which his studio recordings seldom compare – this DVD provides a rare opportunity to witness the great man in action.

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: Enhanced Mono

DVD format: NTSC

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

September 2012


“Cherishable 1977 performances from one of the last of the 'old school' of conductors, seen here at the top of his game, relishing every moment as though it might be his last.”

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