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Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 516979   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsLudwig van BeethovenFranz SchubertVincent D'Indy,   ... 
Performer:  Yehudi MenuhinArtur RubinsteinMargaret RoggeroLeslie Chabey,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicBoston Symphony OrchestraHarvard Glee Club,   ... 
Number of Discs: 86 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical presents a new reissue of all the recordings that Charles Munch, one of the most dynamic and charismatic conductors of the 20th century, made for RCA Victor while in Boston conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Munch turned the BSO into arguably the greatest French orchestra in the world while preserving its sovereignty in the American, Austro-German, central European and Russian repertoires. An 86-CD box set, The Complete Album Collection marks the first time that this cornerstone of the classical catalogue has been available in a single box with 16 works new to CD and 29 works newly remastered from the original analogue tapes. The new set also contain Munch’s 1963 French-music compilation with the Philadelphia Orchestra Read more for American Columbia.

Charles Munch was born in Strasbourg in 1891, during the brief period when Alsace-Lorraine was part of the German Empire. He himself straddled the two cultures: trained as a violinist at the conservatories of Strasbourg and Paris, he was conscripted into the German army in World War I. After the war he taught at the conservatory and played in the orchestra of Strasbourg (by then French again) from 1920 until he was appointed concertmaster of the illustrious Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1926 under Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter. After making his own podium début in Paris in 1932, Munch settled there and established his reputation as one of the leading French conductors of the day, championing the music of Berlioz as well as of such contemporaries as Honegger, Roussel and Poulenc. Following World War II – during which he strongly supported the French resistance (he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1945) – his international career took off. In 1946 he made his début with several US orchestras, including the Boston Symphony. Three years later, aged 58, he was appointed by that patrician ensemble to succeed Serge Koussevitzky as music director.

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REVIEWS:

This tribute to the conductor is overdue. Munch’s continuing reputation is based on elegant, often fiery accounts of French repertoire — Berlioz, Debussy and the like — but here there’s opportunity to explore far more, including numerous recordings on CD for the first time or in fresh masterings.

­– New York Times (David Allen)

Charles Much was himself the very epitome of unfettered spontaneity, ranging in musical style from imaginative reportage of French repertory to athletic Brahms and Schubert symphonies and a Beethoven Ninth that approaches the incendiary impact of Toscanini.

His Boston discography is sizeable and wide-ranging but this superbly produced set doesn't stop there. The action-packed first recordings - Saint-Saens Third Symohony, as well as works by d'Indy and Franck - are with the New York Philharmonic Symphony, and the set concludes with a program of Ravel, Faure, and Berlioz featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, performances full of flair and color.

Housed in a heavy, solidly built oblong box, the discs themselves are slipped into miniature card reproductions of their original LP sleeves, while the 162-page hardback booklet offers detailed information and various related issues. The tape-disc transfers are mostly excellent.

– Gramophone (12/2016)

I’ve been enjoying this set so much that it was hard to find time to write about it. Charles Munch was a very great conductor, and in ways that you might not expect. Yes, he gave us reference recordings of Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, anything by Berlioz, and French music generally; but it’s also important to keep in mind that he spent serious time as concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Furtwängler. His Brahms was outstanding (pity he never got to the Third Symphony), his Beethoven explosive. Happily his thrilling Ninth has been remastered, as have the overtures. His Coriolan is simply the most exciting performance ever, and his Schubert Ninth (“Great”) isn’t far behind.

It says something about the man and his range of sympathies that his versions of modern works for which he gave the premieres, such as the Sixth Symphonies of Piston (sound clip) and Martinu, remain the reference recordings. Both of these pieces, plus the incendiary Barber Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, have also been newly remastered for this edition. Other repertoire that hasn’t seen the light of day in years, and has come up sounding better than ever, includes Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and Romeo and Juliet excerpts, Stravinsky’s Jeu de cartes, and an outstanding Dvorák Eighth Symphony.

These eighty-six CDs also contain the early 1940s New York Philharmonic recordings (still sounding pretty lousy – nothing to be done about it), and the late Philadelphia disc of Ravel, Berlioz, and Fauré. The “original jacket” approach means that some discs feature very short playing time–like a bit over thirty minutes for the Debussy Images – but that’s still better than having to deal with jackets that don’t list correctly what’s on the disc (these do, mostly). The admirably produced booklet isn’t 100% accurate all the same. Roussel’s Bacchus and Ariadne Suite No. 2 is listed as a stereo recording, and it’s not, but this isn’t a big deal.

The late 50s and early 60s were an amazing time for the American recording industry. Just imagine: we had Munch in Boston, Bernstein in New York, Reiner in Chicago, Szell in Cleveland, and Ormandy in Philadelphia. This set alone includes celebrated collaborations with the likes of Heifetz, Milstein, Gary Graffman, Byron Janis, and Piatigorsky. We’ll never see that like of it again, that’s certain, and there’s no higher praise for Munch than to say he more than holds his own in this august company. No serious record collector can afford to be without this set. Get it while you can, and enjoy it forever.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Written: 1886 
2.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814-1824; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Gratulations-Menuet, WoO 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25 by Vincent D'Indy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
6.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
9.
Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
10.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
11.
Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
12.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Symphony no 103 in E flat major, H 1 no 103 "Drumroll" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
14.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
15.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
16.
La princesse jaune, Op. 30: Overture by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
17.
Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Ouvertüre by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 08/1860-02/1862; France 
18.
Le Roi d'Ys: Overture by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1888; France 
19.
Water Music, HWV 348-350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715/1736; London, England 
20.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Genoveva, Op. 81: Overture by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1849; Germany 
22.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
23.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Margaret Roggero (Mezzo Soprano), Leslie Chabey (Tenor), Yi-Kwei Sze (Bass)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Harvard Glee Club,  Radcliffe Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 2/1953 
24.
Symphony No. 5, 'Di tre re' in D, H202 by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1951 
25.
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite no 2 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; France 
26.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
27.
Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Richard Burgin (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
28.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
29.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Suzanne Danco (Soprano), Donald Gramm (Bass Baritone), David Poleri (Tenor),
McHenry Boatwright (Baritone), Martial Singher (Baritone)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
30.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
31.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 44 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
32.
Concerto for Violin in A minor by Gian Carlo Menotti
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
33.
Symphony no 2 for Trumpet and Strings by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
34.
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
35.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
36.
La damoiselle élue by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1888; France 
37.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
38.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
39.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
40.
Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
41.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
42.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Pablo Valetti (Tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
43.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
44.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
45.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
46.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
47.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
48.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
49.
Fidelio, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804/1814; Vienna, Austria 
50.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
51.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
52.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
53.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
54.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
55.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1808 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
56.
Le martyre de St Sébastien by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Catherine Akos (Mezzo Soprano), Florence Kopleff (Alto), Phyllis Curtin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
57.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
58.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
59.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
60.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
61.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
62.
Symphony no 6 by Walter Piston
Performer:  Samuel Mayes (Cello)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
63.
Symphony no 6 "Fantaisies symphoniques" by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1953; USA 
64.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
65.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1957 
66.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
67.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
68.
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
69.
Concerto for Cello by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1974; England 
70.
Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; USA 
71.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
72.
Escales by Jacques Ibert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
73.
Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
74.
Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/01/1957 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs. 
75.
Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/01/1957 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
76.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
77.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Donald Gramm (Baritone), Theodor Uppman (Baritone), John McCollum (Tenor),
Florence Kopleff (Alto)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
78.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 
79.
Medea, Op. 23 "Cave of the Heart": Suite by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
80.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 33 Secs. 
81.
Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 14 Secs. 
82.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
83.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
84.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
85.
Götterdämmerung: Immolation by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1957 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 20 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
86.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod (with voice) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1957 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 17 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
87.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
88.
Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25 by Vincent D'Indy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
89.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gary Graffman (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
90.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Excerpt (used in Fantasia) by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
91.
Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
92.
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
93.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
94.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
95.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
96.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
97.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
98.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
99.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
100.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
101.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
102.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1959 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
103.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 23 Minutes 12 Secs. 
104.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
105.
Symphony no 1, Op. 3 by Easley Blackwood
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
106.
Symphony No. 2 by Alexei Haieff
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
107.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
108.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
109.
Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
110.
Grande messe des morts, Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
Date of Recording: 4/1959 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Boston 
111.
Capriccio brillant for Piano and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 22 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Gary Graffman (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-26; Germany 
112.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1960 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 42 Minutes 7 Secs. 
113.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
114.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
115.
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
116.
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture, Op 23 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
117.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
118.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
119.
Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
120.
Manfred, Op. 115: Overture in E flat minor by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
121.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
122.
Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
123.
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
124.
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
125.
Jeu de cartes by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
126.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
127.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
128.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814-1824; Vienna, Austria 
129.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
130.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
131.
Suite provençale, Op. 152b by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
132.
La création du monde, Op. 81 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
133.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
134.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
135.
Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20 by Ernest Chausson
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 31 Minutes 38 Secs. 
136.
Le chasseur maudit, M 44 by César Franck
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; France 
137.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
138.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  James Stagliano (French Horn)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
139.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
140.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
141.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 1, Nuages by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
142.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 2, Fêtes by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
143.
Printemps by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; France 
144.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 45 Minutes 30 Secs. 
145.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 23 Minutes 59 Secs. 
146.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1960 
147.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
148.
Pelléas et Mélisande: Excerpt(s) by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893-1902; France 
149.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 

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 Good value. November 29, 2016 By Donald B. (paradise valley, AZ) See All My Reviews "Great orchestra, great conductor. What more could you want? Well, for one thing many of the discs are way to short. Could easily hold two works which should make this massive set more affordable with fewer discs. If you can afford it, get it. Is it a good value? No. This is also true of many of the new box sets coming on the market. Too many discs, not enough content." Report Abuse
 Great for French music November 29, 2016 By James A R. (Oak Ridge, TN) See All My Reviews "I actually saw Munch conduct the BSO in Boston and at Tanglewood, and always felt that with the exception of Michael Tilson Thomas's short sting, it went downhill from there. First let me comment on the recordings. It took a long time (~1960) until RCA figured out how to make good stereo recordings. But even thereafter, something is not right in the bass region; there is not a good sounding kettle drum in the whole set. They come out as thuds. Also, the discs have cutesy "original" labels, But often they are the mono version for a stereo recording. It is often difficult to tell which recordings are in stereo without listening to them. Reiner in Chicago had a much better RCA recording team. Munch's French music recordings are beyond reproach, and are uniformly excellent. His Martyrdom of St. Sebastian is thrilling. So his Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, and Honegger are all wonderful. But I was much less enamored of his German/Austrian music. For example, his Beethoven's Sixth is not a walk in the countryside, it is looking out the window of a racing tourist bus. Note that there are two versions of several pieces, usually mono and a stereo remake." Report Abuse
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