Charles Munch conducts Handel and Mozart

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1958-1960

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"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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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 2 min
Production: © Boston Symphony Orchestra & WGBH Educational Foundation under exclusive licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
Resolution: SD