Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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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.

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From 1958 to 1961, some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.

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.

Program

Maurice Ravel, Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)
I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant – Lent
II. Petit Poucet – Très modéré
III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes – Mouvement de marche
IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête – Mouvement de valse très modéré
V. Le Jardin féerique – Lent et grave

Claude Debussy, Ibéria (Images pour orchestre No. 2)
1. Par les rues et par les chemins
2. Les parfums de la nuit
3. Le matin d’un jour de fête

Claude Debussy, La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre
1. From dawn to noon on the sea
2. Play of the waves
3. Dialogue of the wind and the sea

Directed by: Whitney Thomson & David M. Davis
Production date: 2011
Recording date: 1958, 1961
Duration: 1 h 08 min
Production: © 2001 International Classic Artists Ltd

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