Late Romantic Masterpieces - Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mahler et al. / Charles Munch, Farrell, Forrester, Szeryng [7 CDs]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhauser
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Munch years are a golden age for the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- truly a great conductor leading a great orchestra -- and this set makes it easy to understand why, with superb accounts of Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Mahler, and Strauss.


Works:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861; Germany
Date of Recording: 04/01/1957
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs.

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod (with voice) by Richard Wagner

Performer: Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Germany
Date of Recording: 11/25/1957
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston
Length: 17 Minutes 42 Secs.
Language: German

Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany
Date of Recording: 04/01/1957
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs.

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Germany
Date of Recording: 1957

Götterdämmerung: Immolation by Richard Wagner

Performer: Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Germany
Date of Recording: 11/25/1957
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston
Length: 20 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: German

Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1878; Russia
Date of Recording: 1955

Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880; Russia
Date of Recording: 1957

Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Russia
Date of Recording: 1962
Length: 45 Minutes 30 Secs.

Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869/1880; Russia

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878; Russia

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Russia

Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889; Bohemia

Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák

Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895; USA

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler

Performer: Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1896; Germany

Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler

Performer: Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria

Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896-1897; Germany

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss

Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895; Germany


American Record Guide, November/December 2012
There's no album booklet or notes, just a list on the back of each cardboard sleeve of what's on the disc and recording dates in really fine print. So of course there's no info as to whether these are new masterings, though I highly doubt it, given the price. These recordings were made at different times, so the sound is variable but never less than good, often excellent. All the cardboard sleeves, by the way, are packed in a simple cardboard box that opens like an old LP box set - lightweight and compact, taking up the bare minimum of shelf space. But I've written far more than necessary; all this review really had to say was, "Don't live without this!"

These imports feature German pressings from the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart and collectible multi-disc editions. The Sony catalog is replete with legendary artists and hold many of the greatest recordings of the classical repertoire. Each box features large, prominently displayed photo of the featured artist. and comes packaged in a slender, shelf-friendly box with the CDs themselves housed in space-saving slipsleeves.



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Tännhauser :: Overture / Venusberg Music (Paris Version)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude to Act 1 / Isolde's Liebestod
  • Performer: Eileen Farrell
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 17 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Magic Fire Music
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (04/01/1957); Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (11/25/1957)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 42 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 25 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 45 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 33 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 35 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
  • Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 41 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 24 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
  • Performers: Joseph Pasquale (Viola); Richard Burgin (Violin); Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 38 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Running Time: 14 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894-1895