Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 5 / Munch/Boston SO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Access to the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era has been extremely difficult even for researchers. This series of DVDs will make these performances available for the first time since they were broadcast. This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony, and has been restored using state-of-the-art techniques. A number of the recordings he made with the BSO have sold steadily for more than 50 years and remain a permanent standard of reference. 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 (four performances in total).

Fanfare
For whatever reason - knowing that these performances would be televised, or simply because the DVD editors chose wisely from various telecasts - there is only a little of the technical imprecision of some of Munch's studio recordings in these live performances. He was on his best behavior, it seems, though eventually he was dismissed in favor of the more technically meticulous (but rarely inspired) Leinsdorf after the 1961 - 62 season. Time, however, has been kind to the Munch years in Boston, and these marvelous performances are good reflections of what he could accomplish when inspired.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 83 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807-1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 :: [excerpt]
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1800-1801