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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2014

What strikes me about Tilson Thomas’s approach to [the Ives] is how sharp he keeps its rhythmic and harmonic outlines. He conducts it like chamber music, and no detail is allowed to vanish into an Impressionist haze. Overall, this performance has a strong impact, both musically and emotionally.

A few months later Tilson Thomas conducted Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony, which the BSO had not played in 30 years. Because Tilson Thomas never recorded this Symphony…I was very curious to hear it. My curiosity was rewarded with one of the strangest yet, in its way, most compelling performances of this work that I have heard so far.

Similarly, Wagner is not a composer generally associated with Tilson Thomas…Wagner is even less a prominent in the conductor’s discography than Sibelius. Even so, this “Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” is completely convincing…the standard of playing is very high.

The earlier interview, with Andrew Raeburn, is short, lasting just over four minutes, and is devoted almost entirely to the Sibelius. In the later interview…Tilson Thomas talks about his early career, and recalls the many fine conductors and orchestral musicians he worked with in Boston. Both are fun to watch, but it’s the music-making that counts, of course, and there’s much here to attract admirers of the conductor and the repertoire. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, February 2014

This is an excellent DVD, well worth seeing for the Ives and Sibelius. The Wagner and the interviews are bonuses. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Weininger
The Boston Globe, February 2014

…an important document of the early stages of a crucial Boston partnership. © 2014 The Boston Globe Read complete review



David Gutman
Gramophone, December 2013

Archival reclamations are rarely as well documented as this one. In addition to helpful contextual notes by Andrew Farach-Colton, the programme is capped by filmed interviews with the maestro then and now.

This vintage music-making…is well worth exploring. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Infodad.com, November 2013

The DVD captures the look as well as the sound of the Boston Symphony 40-plus years ago, and gives listeners/viewers the chance to hear half an hour of interviews with the conductor…Therefore, what we have here is a chance to see Thomas’ podium manner as it was decades in the past, hear his very fine interpretations of works by three very different composers, listen to one of the top American orchestras at what may have been the pinnacle of its sonic splendor, and learn through interview segments how Thomas felt—and feels today—about musical matters. Given the fact that two of the works here are otherwise unavailable in Thomas’ readings and the interesting element of having Thomas interviews from 1970 and 2013 juxtaposed, this DVD offers a strong argument for a visual presentation of the music. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, November 2013

The Michael Tilson Thomas Boston Symphony performances are fascinating glimpses into the early career of the brilliant American conductor. These Boston performances are superb in every way, and have been very well recorded in stereo, with the camera usually in the right place. This is a fascinating issue for those who admire the art of conducting showing one of today’s major artists early in his career. © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, September 2013

The ICA Classics Legacy is a series of film and video recordings of historical performances, all being released on DVD for the first time. The next DVD in the series…consists of three 1970 performances of Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

All recordings were directed by William Cosel and produced by Jordan M Whitelaw, whom many would declare to be the first true master of creating videos of symphonic performances that significantly enhance the listening experience.

For the most part Whitelaw did an admirable job in supplementing the auditory experience with visual cues to guide the attentive listener through the seeming chaos of Ives score pages. This is as good an introduction to Three Places in New England as one can hope to get, and it comes with an excellent approach to video enhancement.

This is definitely a historic document of a history that should not be forgotten. © 2013 Examiner.com Read complete review






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