Charles Munch conducts Wagner, Franck & Faure | ICA Classics ICAD5015

Charles Munch conducts Wagner, Franck & Faure

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Label: ICA Classics

Cat No: ICAD5015

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 31st January 2011



Boston Symphony Orchestra


Charles Munch


Faure, Gabriel

Pelleas et Melisande Suite, op.80

Franck, Cesar

Symphony in D minor, op.48

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Act 3 (excerpts)


Boston Symphony Orchestra


Charles Munch


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.

Charles Munch launched the Boston Symphony Orchestra 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 historical value.

Munch handles the Wagner in a masterly, memorable and deeply human manner, with great depth of tone and feeling.’ - Richard Dyer

Fauré’s Pelléas and Mélisande is quintessentially French, repertoire for which Munch was best known – his recordings of French repertoire remain a permanent standard of reference.

The Fauré was performed by Munch and the BSO no fewer than 23 times between 1947 and 1966 and, according to the announcer Bill Pierce, proceeds like ‘well-bred discourse’.

Wagner: Excerpts from Act III of Die Meistersinger
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 8 March 1960

Franck: Symphony in D minor
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 14 March 1961

Faure: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 7 April 1959

First DVD release.

Sound format: LCPM mono
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 70’
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G
Region code: 0
Territory Restrictions: None

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