Bernstein Conducts Bernstein [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028946982921
  • Catalog Number: 000001402
  • Sales rank: 19,635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (10:25)
  2. 4–14 Fancy Free, ballet - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (28:44)
  3. 5 Facsimile, Choreographic Essay, for orchestra (from the ballet) - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (19:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture to Candide, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (4:25)
  2. 2–10 Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal) - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (22:58)
  3. 11–16 On the Waterfront, symphonic suite - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (21:40)
  4. 17–19 Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (8:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo & orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (24:44)
  2. 4–9 Symphony No.2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos - Lukas Foss & Leonard Bernstein (35:25)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (19:04)
  2. 4–10 Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; also for voices & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (39:18)
Disc 5
  1. 1–8 Divertimento, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (14:37)
  2. 2 A Musical Toast, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (2:23)
  3. 3 Slava! A Political Overture, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (4:16)
  4. 11–13 Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (17:05)
  5. 12 Halil, nocturne for flute solo, piccolo, alto flute, percussion & harp; also for flute, piano & percussion - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (16:03)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games), for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (30:09)
  2. 5–10 Dybbuk, Suite No.1, for tenor, bass & orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (30:38)
  3. 11–14 Dybbuk, Suite No.2 (Eight Dances), for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (17:03)
Disc 7
  1. 1–5 Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (29:29)
  2. 6–17 Songfest, song cycle for 6 singers & orchestra or piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (42:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Bernstein Primary Artist
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