Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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This rare audiovisual footage presents Klaus Tennstedt at the height of his very special relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during his prime recording period. Joyous Mozart is combined with evocative Mahler, both performed with the greatest sensitivity and conviction. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features only the second public release of a full-length symphonic work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Klaus Tennstedt and the third DVD available with this mighty conductor. 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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Klaus Tennstedt, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and two masterpieces of the Austro-German symphonic tradition. Somehow one barely dares to hope this programme might equal, never mind exceed, the sum of its inspiring parts. Happily, this concert is indeed a delight from start to finish. The BSO had been playing Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony regularly since 1885, with Tennstedt following in the footsteps of such august colleagues as Georges Enescu, Leonard Bergstein and Pierre Monteux. Mahler’s Symphony No.4 was a different story, its first full performances in Boston coming only in March 1945.

This version of Mozart’s Symphony No.35 provide an exemple of first-class, lithe, “big-band” Mozart, slightly old-school but never heavy. Indeed the performance in this excerpt is an airy and joyous rendition of the piece. The Mahler interpretation too is remarkably similar to the audio recording of Tennstedt in this piece described in Penguin Guide as a “strong, spacious reading which yet conveys an innocence entirely in keeping with this most endearing of the Mahler symphonies.”


Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4 in G Major
1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen
2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
3. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
4. Finale: Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 “Haffner”
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Andante
3. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
4. Sehr behaglich

Directed by: Russ Fortier & David Atwood
Venue: Boston Symphony Hall (Boston, USA)
Production date: 2012
Recording date: 15/01/1977
Duration: 1 h 17 min
Production: © Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd

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