The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. The four new releases represent just that: Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950s, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featuring Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes are released for the first time.
Wand's London concerts of Bruckner´s Symphony No.5 with the BBC Symphony as Principal Guest Conductor acquired legendary status in his later years, rewarding him with the recognition that was so greatly deserved.
A great admirer of Schumann’s Second Symphony, Charles Munch programmed the work in four different Boston Symphony Orchestra seasons, taking it on tour on each occasion. He never recorded the symphony with the BSO nor with any other orchestra, which makes this ICA DVD a new addition to his discography.
Leinsdorf’s recordings of Mahler’s symphonies on RCA Victor became benchmarks for both sound and performance quality. Intense, warm and expressive, this rendition of Mahler’s First Symphony is a deeply personal account, whilst Till Eulenspiegel - a party piece during Leinsdorf’s tenure - is performed with great precision and finesse by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As in the previous batches for ICA, these historic tapes have been restored with greatest care and musical experience by msm-studios. Beyond the sensitive restoration, msm-studios have been responsible for the menu design, encoding and authoring of these DVDs.