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Bernstein Century - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Etc

Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61843   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The recordings reissued here have long been among the top recommendations for some of Felix Mendelssohn's most popular works, and they still sound remarkably fresh decades after their first release. Credit for this must go not only to Sony's engineers but also, of course, to Leonard Bernstein for the lively and well-shaped performances he drew out of the New York Philharmonic.
The Violin Concerto, recorded in 1969, features a young Pinchas Zukerman as soloist. Zukerman provides everything one could want in this work, from tenderness in the Andante to joyful exuberance in the finale. The 'Italian' Symphony was recorded in 1958, and while some may prefer more recent historically informed approaches to this repertoire, Bernstein makes a
Read more case for an old-fashioned, "big band" reading that is really too effective-and downright fun-to be argued against, especially as he drives the final Saltarello home to a thrilling conclusion. Generously filling out the disc as encores is the "War March of the Priests," which was once something of a concert favorite and a nicely nuanced performance of the 'Hebrides' overture. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1969 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, New York City 
Length: 28 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/13/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 29 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Love this! March 28, 2016 By gwen t. (Culver City, CA) See All My Reviews "Love the violin concerto - Zukerman plays with youthful (I think he was 20 or so) angst, exuberance, and tenderness - just amazing! And the Italian is great, too! Lenny - we miss you!" Report Abuse
 A sunny, lively, beautiful symphony September 8, 2013 By Ralph Miller (Vallejo, CA) See All My Reviews "Love the Italian symphony, especially the ‘throwback’ 3rd movement with its sinuous melody and the interweaving of voices and the little horn anthem that recurs throughout, a sort of Haydnesque echo from the past. One of the most beautiful moments in music ever created, I think. In fact, Haydnesque describes this disk well, so it’s no wonder that Bernstein, the quintessential Haydn conductor, serves it up to a tee. I have a recording by Sinopoli that is languid and lethargic and dispiriting, so I went for Bernstein, my favorite, to revive my love for this music. Sound is great, sharp and delineated. All around a terrific bargain. Also a good version of the Violin Concerto, for good measure. You can’t go wrong." Report Abuse
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