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
Rank:
68787

Tracks

  1. Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke
  2. Fancy Free, ballet  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke  - Ruth Mense  - Dicky Tarrach  - Thissy Thiers
  3. Facsimile, Choreographic Essay, for orchestra (from the ballet)  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke
  4. Overture to Candide, for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Hanno Rinke  -  Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal)  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Hanno Rinke  -  Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. On the Waterfront, symphonic suite  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke
  7. Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke  - Peter Schmidl
  8. Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo & orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Christa Ludwig
  9. Symphony No.2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos  - Leonard Bernstein  - Lukas Foss  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  10. Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Gunther Theuring  -  Wiener Jeunesse-Chor
  11. Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; also for voices & piano  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Uwe Christian Harrer  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Vienna Boys' Choir  - Gunther Theuring  -  Wiener Jeunesse-Chor
  12. Divertimento, for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke
  13. A Musical Toast, for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke
  14. Slava! A Political Overture, for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke
  15. Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hanno Rinke  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  16. Halil, nocturne for flute solo, piccolo, alto flute, percussion & harp; also for flute, piano & percussion  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Jean-Pierre Rampal  - Hanno Rinke
  17. Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games), for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Alison Ames  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - José Eduardo Chama
  18. Dybbuk, Suite No.1, for tenor, bass & orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  New York Philharmonic  - Paul Sperry  - Bruce Fifer
  19. Dybbuk, Suite No.2 (Eight Dances), for orchestra  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  -  New York Philharmonic
  20. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Gunther Breest  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Gidon Kremer  - Hanno Rinke
  21. Songfest, song cycle for 6 singers & orchestra or piano  - Leonard Bernstein  - Leonard Bernstein  - Anne Bradstreet  - Gunther Breest  - E.E. Cummings  - Clamma Dale  - Rosalind Elias  - Donald Gramm  - Langston Hughes  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Frank O'Hara  - Edgar Allan Poe  - John Reardon  - Neil Rosenshein  - Gertrude Stein  -  Walt Whitman  - Nancy Williams  - Conrad Aiken  - Julia de Burgos  - Gregory Corso  - Lawrence Ferlinghetti  - June Jordan  - Edna St. Vincent Millay

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