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: 83,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (10:25)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1I. The Great Lover. Allegro pesante
    2. 2II. Lonely Town: Pas de deux. Andante - Sostenuto
    3. 3III. Times Square: 1944. Allegro
  2. 4–14 Fancy Free, ballet - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (28:44)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Dicky Tarrach
    1. 4Big Stuff (Blues)
    2. 5I. Opening Dance
    3. 6II. Scene at the Bar
    4. 7III. Enter Two Girls
    5. 8IV. Pas de deux
    6. 9V. Competition Scene
    7. 10VI. Variation I. Galop
    8. 11VI. Variation II. Waltz
    9. 12VI. Variation III. Danzon
    10. 13VII. Finale
    11. 14Big Stuff (Blues)
  3. 15 Facsimile, Choreographic Essay, for orchestra (from the ballet) - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (19:14)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture to Candide, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (4:25)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2–10 Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal) - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (22:58)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 2Prologue: Allegro moderato
    2. 3Somewhere: Adagio
    3. 4Scherzo: Vivace leggiero
    4. 5Mambo: Presto
    5. 6Cha-Cha: Andantino con grazia
    6. 7Meeting Scene: Meno mosso
    7. 8Cool, Fugue: Allegretto
    8. 9Rumble: Molto allegro
    9. 10Finale: Adagio
  3. 11–16 On the Waterfront, symphonic suite - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (21:40)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 11Andante (with dignity) - Presto barbaro
    2. 12Adagio - Allegro molto agitato - Alla breve (Poco più mosso) - Presto come prima
    3. 13Andante largamente - More flowing - Lento
    4. 14Moving forward - Largamente - Andante come prima
    5. 15Allegro non troppo, molto marcato - Poco più sostenuto
    6. 16A tempo (poco più sostenuto)
  4. 17–19 Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (8:15)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 17Prelude (for the Brass): Fast and exact
    2. 18Fugue (for the Saxes): Exactly the same beat
    3. 19Riffs (for Everyone)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo & orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (24:44)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig
    1. 1I. Prophecy: Largamente
    2. 2II. Profanation: Vivace con brio
    3. 3III. Lamentation: Lento
  2. 4–9 Symphony No.2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos - Lukas Foss & Leonard Bernstein (35:25)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 4Part 1: The Prologue. Lento moderato
    2. 5Part 1: The Seven Ages. Variations 1-7
    3. 6Part 1: The Seven Stages. Variations 8-14
    4. 7Part 2: The Dirge. Largo
    5. 8Part 2: The Masque. Extremely fast
    6. 9Part 2: The Epilogue. L'istesso tempo - Adagio - Andante - Con moto
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (19:04)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunther Theuring, Wiener Jeunesse-Chor
    1. 1I. Psalm 108 (verse 2); Psalm 100 (complete)
    2. 2II. Psalm 23 (complete); Psalm 2 (Verses 1-4)
    3. 3III. Psalm 131 (complete); Psalm 133 (Verse 1)
  2. 4–10 Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; also for voices & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (39:18)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Uwe Christian Harrer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Vienna Boys' Choir, Gunther Theuring, Die Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Jeunesse-Chor
    1. 4I. Invocation: Adagio
    2. 5Kaddish 1: L'istesso tempo - Allegro molto
    3. 6II. Din-Torah: Di nuovo Adagio
    4. 7Kaddish 2: Andante con tenerezza
    5. 8III. Scherzo: Presto scherzando, sempre pianissimo
    6. 9Finale: Adagio come nel Din-Torah
    7. 10Allegro vivo, con gioia
Disc 5
  1. 1–8 Divertimento, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (14:37)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1I. Sennets and Tuckets: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
    2. 2II. Waltz: Allegretto, con grazia
    3. 3III. Mazurka: Mesto (molto moderato)
    4. 4IV. Samba: Allegro giusto
    5. 5V. Turkey Trot: Allegretto, ben misurato
    6. 6VI. Sphinxes: Adagio lugubre
    7. 7VII. Blues: Slow blues tempo
    8. 8VIII. March: The BSO Forever
  2. 9 A Musical Toast, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (2:23)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. 10 Slava! A Political Overture, for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (4:16)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. 11–13 Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (17:05)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 11I. Lento assai, molto sostenuto
    2. 12II. Andante sostenuto - Variations I-IV - Coda
    3. 13III. Presto - Fast and primitive - Molto adagio
  5. 14 Halil, nocturne for flute solo, piccolo, alto flute, percussion & harp; also for flute, piano & percussion - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (16:03)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games), for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (30:09)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, José Eduardo Chama
    1. 1 Free-Style Events: Allegro con brio, giocoso
    2. 2 Mixed Doubles: Theme and Seven Variations
    3. 3 Diaspora Dances: Vivace
    4. 4 Benediction: Moderato, invocando
  2. 5–10 Dybbuk, Suite No.1, for tenor, bass & orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (30:38)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Paul Sperry
    1. 5No. 1. Invocation and Trance
    2. 6No. 2. The Pledge
    3. 7No. 3. Kabbalah
    4. 8No. 4. Posession
    5. 9No. 5. Pas de deux
    6. 10No. 6. Exorcism
  3. 11–14 Dybbuk, Suite No.2 (Eight Dances), for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (17:03)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
    1. 11No. 1. The Messengers
    2. 12No. 2. Leah
    3. 13No. 3. Five Kabbalah Variations
    4. 14No. 4. Dream
Disc 7
  1. 1–5 Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (29:29)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1I. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro marcato
    2. 2II. Aristophanes: Allegretto
    3. 3III. Erixymachus: Presto
    4. 4IV. Agathon: Adagio
    5. 5V: Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace
  2. 6–17 Songfest, song cycle for 6 singers & orchestra or piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (42:32)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Clamma Dale, Rosalind Elias, Donald Gramm, National Symphony Orchestra, John Reardon, Neil Rosenshein, Nancy Williams
    1. 6I. Opening Hymn: To the Poem
    2. 7II. Three Solos: The Pennycandystore Beyond the El
    3. 8II. Three Solos: A Julia de Burgos
    4. 9II. Three Solos: To What You Said
    5. 10III. Three Ensembles: I, Too, Sing America / Okay "Negroes"
    6. 11III. Three Ensembles: Trio. To My Dear and Loving Husband
    7. 12III. Three Ensembles: Duet. Storyette H.M.
    8. 13IV. Sextet: If you can't eat you got to
    9. 14V. Three Solos: Music I Heard With You
    10. 15V. Three Solos: Zizi's Lament
    11. 16V. Three Solos: Sonnett. What lips my lips have kissed
    12. 17VI. Closing Hymn: Israfel
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Leonard Bernstein Primary Artist
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