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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2014

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 / Die Geschopfe des Prometheus (excerpts) (Munch) (NTSC) ICAD5016
HAYDN, J.: Symphony No. 98 / BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (Munch) (NTSC) ICAD5028
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (Munch) (NTSC) ICAD5039
SCHUMANN, R.: Genoveva Overture / Symphony No. 2 / SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 5 (Munch) (1959-1962) (NTSC) ICAD5052
HANDEL, G.F.: Water Music Suite (arr. H. Harty) / MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 36 and 38 (Munch) (NTSC) ICAD5057

It’s admirable that ICA’s Legacy series preserves on DVD historical music-making that languishes on the shelves in outmoded formats. My interest was drawn to the conductor’s technique.

The best thing about these broadcasts is that they display Munch’s well-known trait for being at his best in concert. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Paul Pelkonen
Superconductor, July 2011

The second disc available for review features a 1958 performance pairing the Bruckner Seventh with Haydn’s cheery Symphony No. 98. This proves to be a strong combination, with the Haydn clearing the palate for the heavy meal to come.

Here, the cheery Haydn symphony (one of the twelve written for London at the end of the composer’s long career) is just right, an old-school performance on modern instruments played with joy and precision.

The Bruckner Seventh is presented here in the Nowak edition, a slightly shorter version of this massive score. Although the small army of horns and Wagner tubas that make up Bruckner’s wall of sound do not always translate well in monaural sound, this is still a powerful, noble performance. Mr. Munch takes most of the tempos briskly, leading a streamlined performance that still packs a satisfying punch.

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