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ICA Classics releases 20 CD box set of unreleased Rudolf Barshai recordings

29 Oct 2015 | ICA Classics

ICA is proud to announce the release of a new 20 CD box set dedicated to Rudolf Barshai on the ICA Classics label. This box-set contains many rare, unreleased recordings, including Barshai performing solo, in chamber music with Dimitri...

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Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2

Munch gave extensive performances of Brahms’ symphonies 1 and 2 during his time at the Boston Symphony, particularly during the orchestra’s many national and international tours. His readings of both works exhibit his characteristic energy and enthusiasm, which, coupled with the BSO’s distinctive sound, makes for a captivating DVD.

The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.  

While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.

Catalogue Number: ICAD 5029


“These are worthwhile acquisitions... an invigorating and valuable experience.”

Musicweb - Jan 2012

“Charles Munch conducts from memory, his baton style dominated by the long stick in his right hand. The camera work is also good, panning between musicians as they play particularly sensitive passages and not just focusing on the conductor.”

Superconductor - Jul 2011

“Here is a treasure-trove for admirers of Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony... It has been enjoyable to witness Charles Munch at work, an opportunity to see how he did it. What comes over consistently is how much he relished conducting a great orchestra.” - Jul 2011

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Symphony No.1 in C minor op.68

1 I Un poco sostenuto — Allegro 14.04

2 II Andante sostenuto 9.36

3 III Un poco allegretto e grazioso 4.44

4 IV Adagio – Più andante – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio 17.07


Symphony No.2 in D major op.73

5 I Allegro non troppo 15.54

6 II Adagio non troppo 9.01

7 III Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino) 5.33

8 IV Allegro con spirito 9.08


Total: 89.44


Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Symphony No 2