Rachmaninov – The Bells
Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 26 JULY 1973
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kijé
LONDON, 24 APRIL 1977
Bernstein – Candide – Overture
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 25 NOVEMBER 1971
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult
Job: A Masque for Dancing
London Philharmonic Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 12 OCTOBER 1972
Les Sylphides & Giselle
Svetlana Beriosova / Violetta Elvin / Alicia Markova / John Field
Nadia Nerina / Nikolai Fadeyechev / Niels Bjorn Larsen / Lydia Sokolova / Margaret Hill
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony OrchestraMP4 Video Download:Munch gave extensive performances of Brahms’ symphonies 1 and 2 during his time at the Boston Symphony, particularly during the orchestra’s many national and international tours. His readings of both works exhibit his characteristic energy and enthusiasm, which, coupled with the BSO’s distinctive sound, makes for a captivating DVD.
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony OrchestraMP4 Video Download:Programmed by Munch during his years at the Boston Symphony but never recorded, his renderings of the two works featured on this DVD are exciting and spontaneous with the kind of precision and flair we have come to expect from the BSO under the buoyant direction of their charismatic Music Director.
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms
Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila / Three Dances from A Life for the Tsar
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Act II
Viennese Night at the BBC Proms
Johann Strauss I & II
Franz von Suppé
Mstislav Rostropovich / Benjamin Britten
Romeo and Juliet Overture
The Aldeburgh Festival Singers
English Chamber Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer - Overture
Richard Strauss: Don Juan
(Includes bonus rehearsal footage)
Beethoven: Symphony No.5
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / BBC Symphony
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony OrchestraMP4 Video Download:This performance of extracts from The Creatures of Prometheus is a rare one, Munch having only conducted the ballet at the BSO in one season. He breathes life into his performances of Symphonies No.4 and 5, which are executed with excitement, exuberance and panache.
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony OrchestraMP4 Video Download:All three works featured on this DVD are well suited to Munch and his Alsatian heritage. He received prolonged and enthusiastic applause from the Boston audience following the performance of the Franck Symphony, whilst the Fauré shows him as a true master of French music.
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony OrchestraMP4 Video Download:Celebrated for his performances of French music, Munch was an authority on the works featured on this DVD, all of which were composed during his lifetime. More than fifty years later, his recordings of French music remain a permanent standard of reference. 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, Charles Munch. 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.