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Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein [Box Set]
     

The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein [Box Set]

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by Leonard Bernstein
 
How much do you like Leonard Bernstein? Carnegie Hall is betting you like him a lot as it has collaborated with Sony to prepare this 10-CD set, The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein. It contains every album Bernstein made of his own music for CBS Records, beginning with his 1950 recording of the "Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety" --

Overview

How much do you like Leonard Bernstein? Carnegie Hall is betting you like him a lot as it has collaborated with Sony to prepare this 10-CD set, The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein. It contains every album Bernstein made of his own music for CBS Records, beginning with his 1950 recording of the "Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety" -- predating his tenure with the New York Philharmonic by nearly a decade -- to the ballet "Dybbuk" in 1974, recorded with the New York City Ballet Orchestra several years after his departure. This was Bernstein's peak period in terms of his popularity, fame, credibility, and celebrity, although once he started with the New York Philharmonic his work as a composer came to a screeching halt. Despite the date range indicated above, a heavy concentration of these recordings is centered in 1960 and 1963, indicating an effort in these years to schedule his work in large blocks amid the staggering number of recordings of works by other composers Bernstein made on his CBS contract. This set is amazingly comprehensive; both mono and stereo versions of "Serenade," "The Age of Anxiety," and "Fancy Free" are included. While standard practices usually dictate a choice between alternate mono and stereo versions that invariably goes in favor of stereo, often mono recordings contain better performances, decidedly the case in "Fancy Free"; it's certainly best to have both when possible. Moreover, it is great to have access to Zino Francescatti's rendering of "Serenade" in addition to the more famous and oft reissued version with Isaac Stern. With "The Age of Anxiety," in addition to a technological difference, there is an alternate version of the symphony itself, as it was revised by Bernstein in 1965 at pianist Philippe Entremont's request. The discs themselves seem to correspond exactly with already issued entries in Sony's Bernstein Century series. Each individual disc is graced with miniature versions of vintage album covers that roughly correspond to the disc's content; "roughly," as each disc is maximized, save the two discs of Bernstein's "Mass," appearing as originally programmed. The quality of repro on these little album covers is excellent, though to read the liner notes you will need a magnifying glass -- the original liners are nevertheless legible except for the libretto to "Trouble in Tahiti." Within the booklet, there are purported excerpts "from the original liner notes" throughout, but these are not original notes and were culled instead from CD reissues. However, Sony did finally manage to locate the original album art to Bernstein's "Mass," for years believed lost in the CBS archives. The booklet could be organized a little better; there is no central track listing proper as notes and listings for individual discs are parsed throughout the booklet with a table of contents given, by disc and page number, at the front. Despite this feature, you can still spend quite some time thumbing back and forth through the booklet trying to figure out what is on which disc. Sound quality in Bernstein's Columbia recordings varies with the general fortunes of the CBS Masterworks division; in mono, the sound is inexplicably gritty and shrill and early stereo recordings sound terrific, though the later they are, the more this tends to decline. Some successful effort is made in terms of conveying the quadraphonic perspective of Bernstein's "Mass" in a conventional CD format. How is the music? Well, that goes back to the question of "how much do you like Leonard Bernstein?" To some extent, Bernstein's Columbia recordings of his own work are compromised by hasty preparation and Bernstein's own inability to exploit what was best within his own work. There are two serenades and two "Anxieties," but only the overture from "Candide" and only the "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story." "Dybbuk" isn't viewed in any quarter as being one of Bernstein's shining achievements, and just about everyone who has recorded "Chichester Psalms" -- even Bernstein himself in 1977 for Deutsche Grammophon -- has found a way to improve on the dismal 1965 effort included here. However, "Trouble in Tahiti" is a small miracle; an excellent recording of a work he didn't undertake very often, and one would have to lobby hard for a recording of Prelude, Fugue and Riffs that's superior to Bernstein's with Benny Goodman. With The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein, the whole is better than the sum of its parts; for purposes of study and appreciation of his recorded work in depth, having all of these selections in one package is invaluable. Likewise, for Carnegie Hall to have supported this project is a moving gesture to a man who essentially gave up his personal artistic pursuits to put butts in their seats, night after night, for 10 years running. This package follows the design of the 2001 collection The Original Jacket Collection: Leonard Bernstein so closely that you might have to look twice to make sure you have the right set.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886972798820
catalogNumber:
727988

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Overture to Candide, for orchestra  (04:13)
  2. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal)

    1. Prologue. Allegro moderato  (04:07)
    2. 'Somewhere'. Adagio  (03:51)
    3. Scherzo. Vivace leggiero  (01:17)
    4. Mambo. Presto  (02:14)
    5. Cha-Cha ('Maria'). Andantino con grazia  (00:53)
    6. Meeting Scene. Meno mosso  (00:47)
    7. 'Cool' Fugue. Allegretto  (03:03)
    8. Rumble. Molto allegro  (01:52)
    9. Finale. Adagio  (02:50)
  3. On the Waterfront, symphonic suite

    1. Andante (with dignity) / Presto barbaro  (02:58)
    2. Adagio / Allegro molto agitato / Alla breve (poco più mosso) / Presto come prima  (02:17)
    3. Andante largamente / More flowing / Still more flowing / Poco meno mosso / Lento  (04:52)
    4. Moving forward, with warmth / Largamente / A tempo / Calmato / Andante come prima / Sempre avanti,  (04:24)
    5. Allegro non troppo, molto marcato / Poco più sostentuto / Moving forward / Meno mosso  (02:50)
    6. A tempo  (02:10)
  4. Fancy Free, ballet

    1. 1. Enter Three Sailors  (02:50)
    2. 2. Scene at the Bar  (01:37)
    3. 3. Enter Two Girls  (02:10)
    4. 4. Pas de deux  (03:22)
    5. 5. Competition Scene  (03:04)
    6. 6. Three Dance Variations. Variation 1 (Galop)  (01:21)
    7. 6. Three Dance Variations. Variation 2 (Waltz)  (02:24)
    8. 6. Three Dance Variations. Variation 3 (Danzon)  (02:36)
    9. 7. Finale  (04:35)

Disc 2

  1. Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo-soprano & orchestra

    1. 1. Prophecy  (07:36)
    2. 2. Profanation  (06:39)
    3. 3. Lamentation  (11:27)
  2. Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos

    1. Part 1. a) The Prologue. Lento moderato  (02:30)
    2. Part 1. b) The Seven Ages (Variations 1 - 7)  (09:08)
    3. Part 1. c) The Seven Stages (Variations 8 - 14)  (06:16)
    4. Part 2. a) The Dirge. Largo  (06:05)
    5. Part 2. b) The Masque. Extremely Fast  (04:34)
    6. Part 2. c) The Epilogue. Adagio / Andante / Con moto  (08:16)
  3. I Hate Music, cycle of "5 kid songs" for soprano & piano

    1. 1. Moderato  (00:55)
    2. 2. Allegretto vivace  (01:19)
    3. 3. Sostenuto / Allegro molto  (01:37)
    4. 4. Con brio  (00:43)
    5. 5. Moderato, alla marcia / Andante  (02:00)
  4. La Bonne Cuisine: 4 recipes, for voice & piano

    1. 1. Plum Pudding  (00:45)
    2. 2. Queues de Boeuf (Ox-tails)  (00:49)
    3. 3. Taveuk Gueunksis  (01:08)
    4. 4. Civet à Toute Vitesse (Rabbit at Top Speed)  (01:13)

Disc 3

  1. Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos

    1. Part 1. a) The Prologue  (02:20)
    2. Part 1. b) The Seven Ages (Variations 1 - 7)  (08:22)
    3. Part 1. c) The Seven Stages (Variations 8 - 14)  (05:51)
    4. Part 2. a) The Dirge  (05:37)
    5. Part 2. b) The Masque  (04:26)
    6. Part 2. c) The Epilogue  (05:28)
  2. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano

    1. 1. Phaedrus. Pausanias. Lento / Allegro  (07:00)
    2. 2. Aristophanes  (04:18)
    3. 3. Eryximachus. Presto  (01:28)
    4. 4. Agathon. Adagio  (07:34)
    5. 5. Socrates. Alcibiades. Molto tenuto / Allegro molto vivace  (10:29)

Disc 4

  1. Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra

    1. 1. Invocation. Kaddish 1  (08:23)
    2. 2. Din-Torah. Kaddish 2  (16:00)
    3. 3. Scherzo. Kaddish 3. Finale  (18:40)
  2. Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra

    1. 1. Psalm 108 (verse 2) & Psalm 100 (complete)  (03:33)
    2. 2. Psalm 23 (complete) & Psalm 2 (verses 1-4)  (05:36)
    3. 3. Psalm 131 (complete) & Psalm 133 (verse 1)  (09:14)

Disc 5

  1. Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble

    1. Prelude for the brass  (01:49)
    2. Fugue for the saxes  (01:47)
    3. Riffs for everyone  (04:14)
  2. Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra

    1. The Great Lover  (01:46)
    2. Lonely. Pas de deux  (03:25)
    3. Times Square: 1944  (04:43)
  3. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano

    1. 1. Phaedrus. Pausanias. Lento / Allegro marcato  (07:02)
    2. 2. Aristophanes. Allegretto  (04:07)
    3. 3. Erixymachus. Presto  (01:28)
    4. 4. Agathon. Adagio  (06:53)
    5. 5. Socrates. Alcibiades. Molto tenuto / Allegro molto vivace  (10:54)
  4. Fancy Free, ballet

    1. 1. Enter Three Sailors  (02:50)
    2. 2. Scene at the Bar  (01:39)
    3. 3. Enter Two Girls  (02:59)
    4. 4. Pas de deux  (03:27)
    5. 5. Competition Scene  (03:18)
    6. 6. Three Dance Variations. Variation 1 (Galop)  (01:28)
    7. 6. Three Dance Variations. Variation 2 (Waltz)  (02:38)
    8. 6. Three Dance Variations. Variation 3 (Danzon)  (02:45)
    9. 7. Finale  (04:55)

Disc 6

  1. Dybbuk, ballet

    1. Part 1. The Community  (04:47)
    2. Part 1. The Fathers  (03:55)
    3. Part 1. Witnesses of Birth  (02:11)
    4. Part 1. The Children  (05:06)
    5. Part 2. Kabbalah: Six Variations  (10:51)
    6. Part 3. Witnesses of Death  (01:37)
    7. Part 3. Leah  (02:59)
    8. Part 3. Possession  (08:08)
    9. Part 3. Exorcism  (03:13)
    10. Part 3. The Community  (05:13)

Disc 7

  1. Trouble in Tahiti, opera in 1 act

    1. Prelude  (03:10)
    2. Scene 1  (05:30)
    3. Scene 2  (03:03)
    4. Scene 3 / 3a 'I was standing in a garden' / 'Then desire took hold of me'  (04:34)
    5. Scene 3a  (02:46)
    6. Scene 4  (06:28)
    7. Interlude  (01:44)
    8. Scene 5  (04:21)
    9. Scene 6  (04:38)
    10. Scene 6a  (00:37)
    11. Scene 7  (07:16)
  2. Facsimile, Choreographic Essay, for orchestra (from the ballet)

    1. Part 1. Molto adagio  (09:45)
    2. Part 2. Allegretto  (08:57)

Disc 8

  1. On the Town, musical: Opening: New York, New York

    1. Opening: New York, New York  (11:27)
  2. On the Town, musical: Come up to my Place

    1. Come up to my Place  (02:46)
  3. On the Town, musical: Carried Away

    1. Carried Away  (03:00)
  4. On the Town, musical: Lonely Town

    1. Lonely Town  (06:44)
  5. On the Town, musical: Canegie Hall (Do-Do-Re-Do)

    1. Canegie Hall (Do-Do-Re-Do)  (02:36)
  6. On the Town, musical: I can Cook, too

    1. I can Cook, too  (02:30)
  7. On the Town, musical: Lucky to be Me

    1. Lucky to be Me  (02:55)
  8. On the Town, musical: Dance: Times Square

    1. Dance: Times Square  (04:03)
  9. On the Town, musical: Night Club Sequence - a) So Long, Baby / b) I'm Bl

    1. Night Club Sequence - a) So Long, Baby / b) I'm Blue / c) Ya got Me  (04:50)
  10. On the Town, musical: I Understand

    1. I Understand  (02:11)
  11. On the Town, musical: Ballet: The Imaginary Coney Island: a) Subway Ride

    1. Ballet: The Imaginary Coney Island: a) Subway Rider / b) Dance of the Great Lover / Pas de deux  (07:49)
  12. On the Town, musical: Some other Time

    1. Some other Time  (04:21)
  13. On the Town, musical: Dance: The Real Coney Island

    1. Dance: The Real Coney Island  (05:36)
  14. On the Town, musical: Overture to On The Town

    1. Overture to On The Town  (04:03)

Disc 9

  1. Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers

    1. Part 1. Devotions before Mass: 1. Antiphon. Kyrie eleison  (01:58)
    2. Part 10. Credo: 1. Credo in unum Deum  (01:05)
    3. Part 1. Devotions before Mass: 2. Hymn and Psalm: 'A Simple Song'  (04:42)
    4. Part 10. Credo: 2. Trope: 'Non Credo'  (02:15)
    5. Part 1. Devotions before Mass: 3. Responsory: Alleluia  (01:07)
    6. Part 10. Credo: 3. Trope: 'Hurry'  (01:19)
    7. Part 2. First Introit (Rondo): 1. Prefatory Prayers  (05:13)
    8. Part 10. Credo: 4. Trope: 'World Without End'  (01:43)
    9. Part 2. First Introit (Rondo): 2. Thrice-Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum  (00:35)
    10. Part 10. Credo: 5. Trope: 'I Believe in God'  (02:00)
    11. Part 3. Second Introit: 1. In nomine Patris  (02:00)
    12. Part 11. Meditation No. 3 (De profundis, part 1)  (02:58)
    13. Part 3. Second Introit: 2. Prayer for the Congregation (Chorale: 'Almighty Father')  (01:30)
    14. Part 12. Offertory (De profundis, part 2)  (02:04)
    15. Part 3. Second Introit: 3. Epiphany  (00:53)
    16. Part 13. The Lord's Prayer: 1. Our Father...  (01:47)
    17. Part 4. Confession: 1. Confiteor  (02:22)
    18. Part 13. The Lord's Prayer: 2. Trope: 'I Go On'  (02:34)
    19. Part 4. Confession: 2. Trope: 'I Don't Know'  (01:37)
    20. Part 14. Sanctus  (05:14)
    21. Part 4. Confession: 3. Trope: 'Easy'  (05:20)
    22. Part 15. Agnus Dei  (07:06)
    23. Part 5. Meditation No. 1  (05:09)
    24. Part 16. Fraction: 'Things Get Broken'  (14:21)
    25. Part 6. Gloria: 1. Gloria tibi  (01:48)
    26. Part 17. Pax: Communion ('Secret Songs')  (09:49)
    27. Part 6. Gloria: 2. Gloria in excelsis  (01:13)
    28. Part 6. Gloria: 3. Trope: 'Half of the People'  (00:57)
    29. Part 6. Gloria: 4. Trope: 'Thank You'  (02:55)
    30. Part 7. Meditation No. 2  (03:56)
    31. Part 8. Epistle: 'The Word of the Lord'  (05:46)
    32. Part 9. Gospel-Sermon: 'God Said'  (04:59)

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The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein [Box Set] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
korak More than 1 year ago
For a Bernstein fan, this box is the ultimate collector's item. It has all the original Bernstein Long Play Albums from the 1960's & '70's, in miniature replica LP jackets. You need a magnifying glass to read the liner notes, but it really takes you back in time. Somehow, they even smell the same! Now that Sony has done original jacket collections for Bernstein and Stravinsky, if only they would do that other great conductor/composer in their archives, the Copland original jacket collection!