The first of the DVDs, due out November 30, features a 1966 performances of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ led by former BSO music director Charles Munch. Guest soloists include Donald Gramm, Florence Kopleff, John McCollum, and Theodor Uppman. On December 7, the BSO will release a recording of John Barbirolli leading his own An Elizabethan Suite, an arrangement of music from the 17th-century Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, and other works.
The next round of releases, which will be available in January 2005, includes a concert led by Pierre Monteux and an all-French program conducted by Munch.
The DVDs are drawn from videotapes and kinescopes of broadcasts produced by WGBH television and distributed to other public television stations. Among the conductors seen in the broadcasts are former BSO music directors Erich Leinsdorf, William Steinberg, and Seiji Ozawa, as well as such guest conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Aaron Copland, who leads his own work.