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Leonard Bernstein Anniversary Box

Leonard Bernstein
Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2057068  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsCésar FranckDarius MilhaudWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Leonard BernsteinJan-Hendrik RooteringKlaus KönigSarah Walker,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic OrchestraFrench National OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews




"...in the Third Symphony, Bernstein gives us the first movement exposition repeat. Of Brahms’s four symphonies, the F-Major may be the hardest nut to crack. It’s an uneasy juxtaposition of passages that suggest a lyricized Straussian ballroom dance against passages that portray violent upheaval—an
Read more interesting social comment perhaps on late 19th-century Viennese culture, its veneer of civilized behavior, and its unmasking to reveal the malice that lay just beneath the surface. Who can possibly know if this is what Brahms was thinking? But surely it would have been obvious to anyone as sensitive and perceptive as he was that Austro-German culture was dancing towards disaster aboard a ship of decadence, rot, and decay. Bernstein’s reading emphasizes the deeply out-of-joint sense of the times conveyed by Brahms’s score... Ordinarily, DVDs of concert events do not receive positive reviews or recommendations from me; but this one is different and special. I really urge you to consider it." -- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare [from the review of the original release of the Brahms Symphonies 1 & 2)

"...As this Euroarts DVD booklet note appositely quotes [Bernstein]: 'Classical music by a great Romantic, eternally modern music by a great Classicist.' It’s as good a way as any of trying to describe Bernstein’s vividly coloured and dramatic manner which is nevertheless underpinned by a fundamental classicism. I wouldn’t term it a challenge to historically informed performance. Rather Bernstein applies the Vienna Philharmonic’s luxury veneer to his highly responsive approach to Mozart and does so to distinctive effect." -- Michael Greenhalgh, MusicWeb International [from the review of the original release of the Mozart K 453 & 543]

"...It’s much what you might expect from late Bernstein: the slow movement is very slow, but there’s an affection in the moulding of the decorated violin melody which cuts deep. And there’s humour and a dancing quality in the scherzo, mirroring the conductor’s body language. We do see quite a lot of Bernstein, but the direction is basically untricksy, and the sound quality excellent. In the choral finale, the performance really takes off, with choirs and soloists singing at full stretch. Rootering’s first cry of ‘Freiheit’ and the choral answer are completely thrilling, and must have galvanised the audience in what was still officially East Berlin..." -- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine [from the review of the original Euroarts release of the Ode to Freedom]

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The Anniversary DVD Edition (5 Discs). Endorsed by the Leonard Bernstein Estate. There has probably never been a conductor able to combine the highest musical standards with personal warmth in the way that Leonard Bernstein did. Bernstein not only had at his command a rare musicality that melded emotion with analysis, he was also uniquely able to convey that musicality both as a musician and as a teacher. The present boxed set brings together outstanding video recordings that allow us to see and hear the intensity and the thrilling, emotional way in which Bernstein communicated his interpretations to his musicians and to his public. The result is a magnificent tribute to this brilliant conductor on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Region: 0 (all)
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound: PCM-STEREO, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
Booklet: English, German, French
RUN TIME: 419 mins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Venue:  Great Concert Hall, Jerusalem 
2.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Venue:  Great Concert Hall, Jerusalem 
3.
Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
4.
La création du monde, Op. 81 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
5.
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1981 
Venue:  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
7.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1981 
Venue:  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
8.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), Klaus König (Tenor), Sarah Walker (Mezzo Soprano),
June Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/25/1989 
Venue:  Schauspielhaus, Berlin, Germany 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02-03/1990 
Venue:  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 

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