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Charles Munch Conducts Romantic Masterworks

Munch,Charles
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 7826732   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertFelix MendelssohnJohannes BrahmsEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Gary GraffmanArtur RubinsteinJascha Heifetz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set contains most if not all of the music by the above composers that Munch recorded for RCA, and generally speaking the performances vie with the best. Some, such as Schubert’s Second Symphony, have been very hard to find. There are some genuine classics, of course—the Heifetz Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and the most exciting Schubert Ninth yet recorded (after this scherzo everyone else sounds a bit tame, Szell excepted perhaps)—but there are some surprises too. For example, the Rubinstein Brahms Second Concerto is well-known, but the Graffman First (balancing the piano too far forward) is not, and sonic issues aside, it’s very good, with a particularly compelling first movement.

Munch’s Brahms symphonies are equally
Read more splendid, and it’s a pity he never did the Third. In tandem with these vibrant versions of Nos. 1, 2, and 4, we would have had one of the great cycles. In Schumann Munch is perhaps a touch less memorable, but his Mendelssohn symphonies are simply first class. This “Italian” Symphony, for instance, always has been a reference recording of the work. Older collectors will be familiar with many of these performances, but those coming to the Munch/Boston collaboration for the first time in this repertoire may find the impassioned discipline of these performances revelatory. Start with that Schubert Ninth, then try the Brahms Second and Fourth. If these don’t grab you, then nothing will.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [6/2011]
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Works on This Recording

1. 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 
2. 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 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, MA 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. 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 
Length: 44 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. 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 
5. 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 
6. 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. 
7. 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. 
8. 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 
9. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
10. 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 
11. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gary Graffman (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
12. 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 
Date of Recording: 08/11/1952 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 43 Minutes 26 Secs. 
13. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
14. Genoveva, Op. 81: Overture by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1849; Germany 
15. 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 
16. 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 
17. 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 
18. Manfred, Op. 115 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 

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