The Resource Charles Munch conducts Haydn and Bruckner, Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. ; David M. Davis, director, (electronic resource)

Charles Munch conducts Haydn and Bruckner, Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. ; David M. Davis, director, (electronic resource)

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Charles Munch conducts Haydn and Bruckner
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Charles Munch conducts Haydn and Bruckner
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Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. ; David M. Davis, director
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Haydn is a composer well matched to Munch's genial and rambunctious temperament, and this performance televised from the BSO's 'Cambridge series' in the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University is delightful. Munch uses a reduced orchestra that does not play with reduced energy; that wasn't his way. The gentle, tender rubato he brings to the slow movement, Haydn's memorial to Mozart, is ravishing, and the momentum and brio in the faster music feel jurst right. Most important of all, both conductor and orchestra know how to turn on a dime -- and that is essential to the element of the unexpected that makes all of Haydn's symphonies, and not just No. 94. At points it looks as if Munch is letting the music bubble and course through him; he never struggles to keep it within its banks. Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 is as unexpected as a performance as it is as a repertoire choice. Sometimes this results from Munch's adherence to Bruckner's directives, sometimes it comes from ignoring them. For example, the score indicates the great Adagio should be 'Sehr feierlich', very solmen, but Munch makes it positively fiery. Bruckner adds that it should be 'sehr langsam' (very slow) but Munch chooses to move it along, clocking in at about eighteen minutes, knocking from three to five minutes off more traditional timings. Munch also belongs to the company of those conductors who don't believe the handwritten instruction in the score to cancel the mighty cymbal crash at the climax; the handscript is not Bruckner's. As the climax approaches Munch grins with excited anticipation; he's worked up quite a head of steam, and the camera makes sure we don't miss the moment when the lid comes flying right off the pot. The camera is naturally fascinated by the unusual Wagner tubas, but Munch does not seem interested in the traditional heavy-brown-gravy Bruckner-sonority; instead everything is bright and clear and forward-mmoving, and the climaxes are paroxysms. The Scherzo is particularly exhilarating at Munch's tempo, and the patrician conductor has no problem getting down into the rough rural mode. Munch's results are, according to taste, garish, rushed and unconvincing, or illuminating in the way that contrarian views often are. He does observe, or invent, the 'frequent changes of tempo not noted [in the score]' that Bruckner wrote of in a letter to the conductor Arthur Nikisch (one of Munch's predecessors as BSO music director). And, if you invoke another criterion, Munch's performance is authentic because this is how he learned it in his gallery years as an orchestral player, how he feels and hears the music, how he believes it should go. And the audience that night in Sanders Theatre didn't seem to mind at all
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FRMTV
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videorecording
Date of event
  • 1960 October 18
  • 1958 February 18
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  • recorded
  • recorded
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Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Munch, conductor
Place of event
  • Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
  • Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1926-2007
  • 1891-1968
  • 1732-1809
  • 1824-1896
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Davis, David M.
  • Munch, Charles
  • Haydn, Joseph
  • Bruckner, Anton
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • WGBH Educational Foundation
  • International Classical Artists, Ltd
Runtime
78
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Symphonies
  • Symphonies
Technique
live action
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Charles Munch conducts Haydn and Bruckner, Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. ; David M. Davis, director, (electronic resource)
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online resource
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multicolored
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stereophonic
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two-dimensional moving image
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tdi
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Symphony no. 98 in B flat major, Hob. I: 98
  • Joseph Haydn
  • Symphony no. 7 in E major, WAB 107
  • Anton Bruckner
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ocn956369244
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unknown
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1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 17 min., 23 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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other
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sound, color
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sound
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sound on medium
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  • other
  • remote
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1363
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  • (Sirsi) o956369244
  • (OCoLC)956369244
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other
Label
Charles Munch conducts Haydn and Bruckner, Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. ; David M. Davis, director, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Symphony no. 98 in B flat major, Hob. I: 98
  • Joseph Haydn
  • Symphony no. 7 in E major, WAB 107
  • Anton Bruckner
Control code
ocn956369244
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 17 min., 23 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
1363
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o956369244
  • (OCoLC)956369244
Video recording format
other

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