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Haydn, Bruckner: Symphonies / Charles Munch, Boston SO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 98 in B flat major, H 1 no 98
>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Programmed by Munch during his years at the Boston Symphony but never recorded, his renderings of the two works featured on this DVD are exciting and spontaneous with the kind of precision and flair we have come to expect from the BSO under the buoyant direction of their charismatic Music Director.

Superconductor
The second disc available for review features a 1958 performance pairing the Bruckner Seventh with Haydn's cheery Symphony No. 98. This proves to be a strong combination, with the Haydn clearing the palate for the heavy meal to come.

Here, the cheery Haydn symphony (one of the twelve written for London at the end of the composer's long career) is just right, an old-school performance on modern instruments played with joy and precision.

The Bruckner Seventh is presented here in the Nowak edition, a slightly shorter version of this massive score. Although the small army of horns and Wagner tubas that make up Bruckner's wall of sound do not always translate well in monaural sound, this is still a powerful, noble performance. Mr. Munch takes most of the tempos briskly, leading a streamlined performance that still packs a satisfying punch.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 92 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 98 in B flat major, H 1 no 98
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1792

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1881-1883