Charles Munch And The Boston Symphony Rehearse Music Of Strauss – 1951 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

An intensive look at a Richard Strauss warhorse.

An intensive look at a Richard Strauss warhorse.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Boston Symphony In Rehearsal – Charles Munch, cond. – Jan. 13, 1951 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

More historic rehearsals this week. The Boston Symphony with Charles Munch rehearse Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, originally broadcast on January 13, 1951.

Considered one of the Meat and Potatoes pieces for orchestra, Munch runs through this one with a magnifying glass, and it’s interesting to hear him take sections of the piece with each section of the orchestra.

On hand to narrate, as always is Ben Grauer – and as always not a complete performance of the piece, but rather a half-hour fly-on-the-wall glimpse of the orchestra at work.

Rosin up the bow on this one.

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  1. Jean Thorel says:

    In France Munch is also known because it did not much like to rehearse and much preferred the concert purpose, the intensity of that special moment. One day with Israel SO (Beethoven program if I remember well), the organisers were worrying because Munch rehearsed so little and they were thinking that the musicians were not good enough for a such a conductor……actually just the opposite……they were so good that Munch did not need to work with them furthermore…..Well, all this make all your rehearsing posts under him even more priceless. THX.