1 800 222 6872

Handel: Water Music Suite; Mozart / Charles Munch, Boston Symphony [DVD]

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Munch launched the BSO into television in 1955. He was an immensely popular conductor and well suited to being filmed. This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony and Charles Munch, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and rare historic value. Munch was particularly fond of the Sir Hamilton Harty arrangement of Handel's Water Music Suite, having performed it 53 times with the Boston Symphony. His interpretations of the two Mozart symphonies are characteristically lively and exhilarating with the usual committed performances from the BSO. Never commercially recorded by Munch, both Mozart symphonies are completely new to his discography.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 62 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



Reviews

Munch and Handel
There was a time not so long ago that the Harty arrangement of Handel’s Water Music was the standard performing edition. It comes as no surprise that Munch drew upon this version for this 1960 BSO broadcast and before that for an RCA recording (1950). What may come as a revelation for the uninitiated is just how attractively it is rendered here. This is the BSO at the top of its game: vibrant colors, confident rhythms, rock solid ensemble.

Turning to the two Mozart symphonies, Munch was certainly no interpretive slouch. Since he never recorded any of this repertoire with the BSO commercially, these performances have a special significance. Munch was obviously not in the least concerned with stylistic “authenticity”. What emerges in his hands is intuitive music making of a bygone aesthetic no less valid and communicative than performances governed by recent scholarship. The restored video is perfectly acceptable. The sonics range from good (Mozart) to excellent (Handel).

Submitted on 08/16/12 by conway 
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1786