Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch: Wagner/Franck/Faure

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Overview

This musical release from the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Charles Munch captures three live performances by the ensemble, recorded at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard Univeristy between 1959 and 1960. Some of the pieces featured in the program include Wagner's "Orchestral Excerpts from Act III of Die Meistersingervon Nurnberg" and Franck's "Symphony in D minor." ~ Cammila Collar
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Overview

This musical release from the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Charles Munch captures three live performances by the ensemble, recorded at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard Univeristy between 1959 and 1960. Some of the pieces featured in the program include Wagner's "Orchestral Excerpts from Act III of Die Meistersingervon Nurnberg" and Franck's "Symphony in D minor." ~ Cammila Collar
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • EAN: 5060244550155
  • Source: Ica Classics
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 97,507

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Technical Credits
Charles Munch Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch: Wagner/Franck/Fauré
1. Prelude to Act lll [9:11]
2. The Dance of the Apprentices [3:05]
3. Procession of the Meistersinger [3:11]
4. l: Lento Allegro ma non Troppo [17:17]
5. ll: Allegretto [9:32]
6. lll: Allegro non troppo [9:57]
7. Prelude [6:22]
8. La Fileuse [2:01]
9. Sicilienne [4:28]
10. La Mort de Mélisande [5:24]
7. Prelude [6:22]
8. La Fileuse [2:01]
9. Sicilienne [4:28]
10. La Mort de Mélisande [5:24]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch: Wagner/Franck/Fauré
   Play All
   Orchestral Excerpts from Act lll of Die Meistersinger
      César Franck: Symphony in D Minor
      Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite - Bonus
   Symphony in D Minor
      César Franck: Symphony in D Minor
         ll: Allegretto
         l: Lento Allegro ma non troppo
         lll: Allegro non troppo
      Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite - Bonus
         Prelude
         La Fileuse
         Sicilienne
         La Mort de Mélisande
   Bonus
      Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
   Resume
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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Outstanding performances from 1959-1961

    This DVD is part of the ICA Classics Legacy series, and features some of the televised concerts by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on WGBH, Boston’s public television channel. And if any of the other entries in this series are as good as this, then I will likely end up with a whole shelf of them.

    The featured pieces are: Orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger” (beautifully performed by the orchestra), Franck’s Symphony in D minor (the 3rd movement is spectacular, and the solo work is just amazing), and finally Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande Suite (it just doesn’t get any better than this!!!). Mr. Munch conducts cleanly and from the heart, and his depth of feeling of the music seems to channel straight through to his musicians and from there to the audience. I have to wonder if season ticket sales for the BSO went through the roof after some of this footage was broadcast – it’s that good. According to the informative liner notes, Mr. Munch returned a second time to acknowledge the applause for the Franck, and the announcer (William Pierce) exclaimed, “[This] is turning out to be an ovation.” I felt the same way, as it was difficult to resist the urge to applaud.

    Of course, the video quality is not quite up to Blu-ray standards owing to the time period in which it was recorded, but it is certainly good enough to see what Mr. Munch and the BSO are doing – and what really matters is the music, which comes through loud and clear. This DVD is wonderful, and I am pleased to have it in my collection.

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