Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Charles Munch, Boston SO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Munch gave extensive performances of Brahm's Symphonies No. 1 and 2 during his time at the Boston Symphony, particularly during the orchestra's many national and international tours. His readings of both works exhibit his characteristic energy and enthusiasm which, coupled with the BSO's distinctive sound, makes for a captivating DVD.

MusicWeb International
These are worthwhile acquisitions, despite their limitations in sound and picture quality. Munch's performance of the Second I find preferable... is an invigorating and valuable experience.

Superconductor
These are strong Brahms performances, conducted with lyricism and rhythmic snap. The First has a good clarity of orchestral texture, with the lower instruments (playing the harmony parts) clearly audible. When the big noble theme soars out in the fourth movement, it is played with reverence and nobility, as the orchestra surges out in the triumphant final bars.

The more lyrical Second is elegantly played, with the slow movement one of the highlights. Mr. Munch explores the depths of these rich, thick harmonies, drawing a smooth, harmonious sound from the Boston players that would be envy of some better-known virtuosos. The third movement has lift and energy in its trio section, and the playing from the woodwinds is absolutely cracking.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 85 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877