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concert Charles Munch conducts Handel and Mozart Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1958-1960

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1958-1960

Charles Munch conducts Handel and Mozart Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1958-1960


"Watch out!"

Munch obviously loved Handel's Suite from Water music, which he invariably performed in the edition that the Irish composer and conductor Sir Hamilton Harty made in 1922 (an arrangement for modern orchestra and a version which proved immensely popular for decades until the historically informed performance movement came along in the 1960s and changed our minds about how the music ought to sound). Between 1949 and 1966, Munch led the BSO in the Suite 53 times. During their tour in 1960, they performed the two last movements along as encores, performing them in twelve cities.

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  • George Frideric Handel / Sir Hamilton Harty, Water Music Suite
    • 1. Allegro
    • 2. Air
    • 3. Allegro deciso
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 "Linz"
    • 1. Adagio – Allegro spiritoso
    • 2. Andante
    • 3. Menuetto – Trio
    • 4. Finale: Presto
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague"
    • 1. Adagio – Allegro
    • 2. Andante
    • 3. Finale: Presto


  • Directed by:
    • David M. Davis
    • Whitney Thomson
  • Venue: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Production date: 2012
  • Recording date: 1958-1960
  • Duration: 1 h 02 min
  • Production: © Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
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