Charles Munch conducts Debussy and Ravel

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1958-1961

From 1958 to 1961, some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.

Celebrated for his performances of French music, Munch was an authority on the works featured on this DVD, all of which were composed during his lifetime. More than fifty years later, his recordings of French music remain a permanent standard of reference.

Musical Programme:

  • Maurice Ravel, Ma Mère l'Oye – Suite
    Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 4 February 1958
  • Claude Debussy, Ibéria
    Recorded: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 31 October 1961
  • Claude Debussy, La Mer
    Recorded: Sanders Theater, Harvard University, 28 October 1958


Diapason d'or

In the press:

"A more collegial figure, always mindful of his experience as an orchestral violinist, he is an unshowy but very watchable figure on the podium, his face often wreathed in a beatific smile, his arms, as Richard Dyer observes in his amiable booklet, flung wide “as if to embrace the music…souplesse for him is a greater virtue than precision."

"Munch drives the orchestra hard in the ecstatic culmination of Debussy's La mer."
BBC Music Magazine

Movie directors : Whitney Thomson, David M. Davis
Collection : ICA Classic: A Collection of Historical Performances and Rare Footage
Playlists : Musics from the Americas, The Greatest Orchestras
Musical period : Music from the 20th century
Music genre : Orchestral music
Musical forms : Suite, Symphony

Duration : 01 h 08 min
Recording date : 1958, 1961
Production date : 2011
Production : © 2001 International Classic Artists Ltd

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