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Orchestral Music - SCHUMANN, R. / BRAHMS, J. / DVORAK, A. / STRAUSS, R. (Munch Conducts Romantic Favorites) (1951-1957)

Orchestral Music - SCHUMANN, R. / BRAHMS, J. / DVORAK, A. / STRAUSS, R. (Munch Conducts Romantic Favorites) (1951-1957)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Charles Munch

Conductor

Charles Munch

Conductor

Irmgard Seefried

Soloist

Rudolf Serkin

Soloist

Charles Munch

Soloist

Samuel Mayes

Soloist

Venue:

Tanglewood

Venue

Symphony Hall, Boston

Venue

Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 338:13
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Orchestral Music - SCHUMANN, R. / BRAHMS, J. / DVORAK, A. / STRAUSS, R. (Munch Conducts Romantic Favorites) (1951-1957)

     
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

 


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1 I. Nicht zu schnell 10:28
2 II. Langsam 4:29
3 III. Sehr lebhaft 9:39
 Charles Munch Soloist
     
 

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851)

 
4 I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft 9:15
5 II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 4:32
6 III. Scherzo: Lebhaft 3:53
7 IV. Langsam - Lebhaft 7:50
 Charles Munch Conductor
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

8 

Tod und Verklarung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24, TrV 158

22:50
 Charles Munch Conductor
     


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JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102

 
1 I. Allegro 16:34
2 II. Andante 7:26
3 III. Vivace ma non troppo 8:25
 Samuel Mayes Soloist
     
 

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

 
4 I. Allegro non troppo - 9:43
5 I. (conclusion) 5:31
6 II. Adagio non troppo - III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) 14:52
7 IV. Allegro con spirito 9:17
 Charles Munch Conductor
     


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1 

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

10:26
 Charles Munch Conductor
     
 

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

 
2 I. Maestoso 21:21
3 II. Adagio 14:22
4 III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo 11:05
 Rudolf Serkin Soloist
     


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ANTONIN DVORAK

 

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178, "From the New World"

 
1 I. Adagio - Allegro molto 9:53
2 II. Largo 11:46
3 III. Molto vivace 8:11
4 IV. Allegro con fuoco 10:47
 Charles Munch Conductor
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

5 

Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156

17:17
 Charles Munch Conductor
     


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HERMANN VON GILM

1 

8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 (version for voice and orchestra)

3:04
 Irmgard Seefried Soloist
     
 

RICHARD DEHMEL

2 

5 Lieder, Op. 41, TrV 195 (version for soprano and orchestra) (text by R. Dehmel)

3:32
 Irmgard Seefried Soloist
     
 

JOHN HENRY MACKAY

3 

4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (version for voice and orchestra) (text by J.H. Mackay)

3:45
 Irmgard Seefried Soloist
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

4 

6 Lieder, Op. 17, TrV 149 (arr. for voice and orchestra)

2:42
 Charles Munch Soloist
     
 

Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190

 
5 Der Held (The Hero) - 4:22
6 Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) - 3:36
7 Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero's Companion) - 10:53
8 Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) - 8:44
9 Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) - 5:04
10 Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Withdrawal from the World) 10:45
 Charles Munch Soloist
     
 

Divertimento, Op. 86 (after F. Couperin)

 
11 I. La Visionnaire 2:49
12 II. Musette de Choisy - 1:29
13 II. La Fine Madelon - 1:10
14 II. La Douce Janneton - 1:04
15 II. La Sezile 0:46
16 III. Le Tic-Toc-Choc 3:56
17 V. La Trophee - 0:52
18 V. La Linotte Effrachochee 2:18
19 VI. Les Tours de Passe-Passe 2:48
20 VII. Les Ombres Errantes - 2:59
21 VII. La Badine 1:43
 Charles Munch Conductor
     
 Charles Munch Conductor


Album One: Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 (12/6/57) Pierre Fournier, cello; Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120 (10/26/56); R. Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) (10/6/51); Album Two: Brahms: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra A minor, Op.120 (4/13/56) Zino Francescatti, violin, Samuel Mayes, cello; Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 (9/30/55)’; Album Three: Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 (12/6/57); Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.15 (1/20/56) Rudolph Serkin, piano; Album Four: Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op.95 (10/8/54); R. Strauss: Don Juan - Tone Poem after Lenau, Op.20 (9/30/55); Album Five: R.Strauss: Orchestral Songs (11/12/54) All ersellen; Wiegenlied; Morgen; Ständchen - Irmgard Seefried, soprano; Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 (2/15/57) Richard Burgin, violin; Divertimento (after Couperin), Op.86 (7/26/53)[brief bits missing on original transcription discs]
 
Public performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1951-57.
 
Charles Munch conducts romantic favorites, and not a note of French music in the lot! That really shouldn’t be too surprising, considering that he had a solid grounding in the Germany repertoire, both classic and romantic. Perhaps the fact that he performed so much French music in Boston and elsewhere led to the perception that French music dominated his programs, when, in fact, it held merely an equal position with the non-French repertoire. But the fact that Munch was born in Strasbourg when that city was part of Germany, and that he held the concertmaster position with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and played under such great German maestros as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter prior to embarking on his own conducting career, does indicate an intimate familiarity with the German repertoire and its traditions. Of course, he was nevertheless French by nationality and temperament, and thus able to bring a certain leavening process to his interpretations of the German classics, resulting in performances that were less ponderous than those of some of his German contemporaries.
“...Munch was a persuasive and at times profoundly original interpreter and this set focuses his skills like no other that I know.” 
 
Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine

“This collection of performances reminds us what a fine conductor – and orchestra trainer Charles Munch was. His interpretations are always musical and interesting and he’s well served by some fine soloists and consistently excellent playing from his Boston orchestra…this is a splendid set, which I’ve enjoyed enormously.”
 
John Quinn - Musicweb-International.com



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