Bernstein Conducts Bernstein [Box Set]

Bernstein Conducts Bernstein [Box Set]

by Leonard Bernstein
     
 

As orchestras struggle to reconnect with the vernacular musical experiences of their listeners, Deutsche Grammophon's hefty boxed set of Bernstein Conducts Bernstein couldn't be more timely. This box collects Bernstein performances from the 1970s and '80s, with a large group coming from his epochal 1977 concerts with the …  See more details below

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As orchestras struggle to reconnect with the vernacular musical experiences of their listeners, Deutsche Grammophon's hefty boxed set of Bernstein Conducts Bernstein couldn't be more timely. This box collects Bernstein performances from the 1970s and '80s, with a large group coming from his epochal 1977 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic in Berlin. This material has already been variously repackaged, but it's well worthwhile to have it all presented together. It's startling to realize, as you explore the seven-plus hours of music here, how well Bernstein as a composer anticipated today's trends. The rapprochement of a modern musical language with jazz and pop? From the very start, in the by-now-familiar "Fancy Free." A determined embrace of the eclectic? Through his entire career, ranging from his rather Stravinskian treatment of symphonic jazz in the early days to later music in which serialist (and even aleatoric in the "Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games)") techniques coexist with traditional styles. The use of the symphony as a vehicle for the investigation of spiritual questions? Absolutely, in all three symphonies, in different ways. These performances were all more or less successful when originally released, and it has become a truism that Bernstein was the best interpreter of his own works. From the evidence here one might argue that in the rather personal symphonies no other conductor can match Bernstein, who here avoided the excesses of his Mahler interpretations even as he took up kindred metaphysical issues. And when it came to the sexy, meaty appeal of the "Symphonic Dances From West Side Story" (1957), nobody else can touch Bernstein's versions. But now one can find room for other interpretations of such works as the Orff-like "Chichester Psalms." The price, for seven discs, is right, and the remastered CD sound is more than adequate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028946982921
catalogNumber:
000001402

Tracks

  1. Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra
  2. Fancy Free, ballet
  3. Facsimile, Choreographic Essay, for orchestra (from the ballet)
  4. Overture to Candide, for orchestra
  5. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal)
  6. On the Waterfront, symphonic suite
  7. Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble
  8. Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo & orchestra
  9. Symphony No.2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos
  10. Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra
  11. Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; also for voices & piano
  12. Divertimento, for orchestra
  13. A Musical Toast, for orchestra
  14. Slava! A Political Overture, for orchestra
  15. Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano
  16. Halil, nocturne for flute solo, piccolo, alto flute, percussion & harp; also for flute, piano & percussion
  17. Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games), for orchestra
  18. Dybbuk, Suite No.1, for tenor, bass & orchestra
  19. Dybbuk, Suite No.2 (Eight Dances), for orchestra
  20. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  21. Songfest, song cycle for 6 singers & orchestra or piano

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