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
Hartmut HaenchenMP4 Video Download:This outstanding performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony formed part of Hartmut Haenchen’s Mahler Cycle with the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. Haenchen is renowned and respected for his interpretations of Mahler and Wagner and has had a significant presence in many of the world’s leading opera houses. An expressive and dramatic rendition of the Tragische, Haenchen’s high intellect and musical integrity are apparent. The recording also benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound.
Antoni WitMP4 Video Download:Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit’s performances of Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which he is widely recognised. An outstanding communicator, Wit exhibits exceptional attention to detail in his rendition of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir.
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.
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
BBC Symphony Orchestra / James Loughran, conductor (6 August 1978, Royal Albert Hall)
Chopin: Scherzo No.1 in B minor & Polonaise in A flat
Liszt: Funerailles (23 June 1974)
Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minor
ECO / Colin Davis, conductor / David Oistrakh, violin (23 September 1962, Royal Albert Hall)
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364
Moscow Philharmonic / Yehudi Menuhin, conductor / Igor Oistrakh, violin / David Oistrakh, viola (1 October 1963, Royal Albert Hall)
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Moscow Philharmonic / Kirill Kondrashin, conductor / David Oistrakh, violin (24 September 1963, Royal Festival Hall)
Sir Georg Solti
Elgar: Symphony No.2 in E flat
London Philharmonic Orchestra (16 March 1975, Royal Festival Hall)
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme for orchestra, Op. 36 ("Enigma")
London Philharmonic Orchestra (20 October 1979, Royal Festival Hall)
Beaux Arts Trio
Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat Op. 99 (13 July 1987, Signet Library, Edinburgh)
Schubert: Piano Trio in E flat major Op.100 (6 September 1977, Signet Library, Edinburgh)