23. November 2010 · Comments Off on Boston Symphony Videos · Categories: News, Press Releases, Symphony

I just received this (and a whole lot more; that was one long email!):

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND WGBH BOSTON TO PARTNER WITH THE NEW AUDIOVISUAL LABEL, ICA CLASSICS, TO DISTRIBUTE 32 HISTORIC BSO DVDS

FIRST SERIES OF THREE DVDS TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 22, 2011, FEATURING THE BSO UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CHARLES MUNCH IN MUSIC OF DEBUSSY, RAVEL, WAGNER, FAURÉ, FRANCK, AND BEETHOVEN
BSO PERFORMANCES ORIGINALLY RECORDED AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY’S SANDERS THEATRE BETWEEN 1958 AND 1961 FOR BROADCAST ON WGBH TV AND DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE EDUCATIONAL RADIO AND TELEVISION CENTER

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston public broadcaster WGBH have partnered with International Classical Artists and their new audio and audiovisual label, ICA Classics, to release 32 BSO historic DVDs over the next four seasons.

The first set of these new BSO archival DVD releases will feature Boston Symphony Orchestra performances that took place at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre between February 4, 1958 and October 31, 1961, under the direction of Charles Munch (BSO Music Director 1949-1962). These DVDs—featuring music of Debussy, Ravel, Wagner, Fauré, Franck, and Beethoven—represent some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (the BSO was first featured on television in 1949 in an NBC radio and television special). Originally broadcast on WGBH television and distributed through the Educational Radio and Television Center (precursor to WNET) to educational television stations nationwide, these BSO/Charles Munch performances are being made available on DVD for the first time commercially through this new partnership between the BSO, WGBH, and ICA Classics.

The first three DVDs will be available starting February 22, 2011 through Naxos of America and can be purchased from Amazon.com and retail stores across the United States, as well as the BSO’s website, www.bso.org. The Boston Symphony will also offer buyers the chance to pre-order the DVDs starting December 1, through www.bso.org or by calling 888-266-1200; these pre-orders will be fulfilled soon after February 22. The DVDs will also be available to purchase in the UK through the ICA Classics website, www.icaclassics.com, beginning January 31, 2011, as well as in retail stores throughout Europe.

A short clip of La Mer, from 1958, can be seen & heard here.

This got me to wondering just who were the oboists of the BSO in the past. Well, guess what? Someone has a page listing Musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra 1881 – today. How cool is that?

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