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This Is Leonard Bernstein: His Greatest Recordings / New York Philharmonic


Release Date: 08/17/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075861862  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenLeonard BernsteinAaron CoplandAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Performer:  Rudolf SerkinLukas FossMarilyn CooperMickey Calin,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinMax Goberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicChorusStudio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 16 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this year of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, Sony Classical is pleased to present a special edition of his American Columbia recordings from the 1950s and 60s. Many of the conductor-composer’s most celebrated interpretations and works are collected here on these 15 carefully chosen original albums on 16 CDs.

There is, of course, the still-astonishing album that launched Leonard Bernstein’s international reputation as the most dynamic and charismatic conductor of his era, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring recorded in January 1958 – two months after his appointment as the youngest music director in the New York Philharmonic’s history. Reviewing a 2013 reissue, ClassicsToday.com declared: “It has an excitement, spontaneity, and
Read more primal fury that no other version quite matches.”

The Bernstein recording that launched the “Mahler Renaissance” in the 1960s is also here: his Third Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, which has arguably never been surpassed. Ditto for Carl Nielsen, whose great symphonies Bernstein brought to a wide new public with interpretations like his NYP recording of the Fifth, perhaps the most thrilling account of this 20th-century masterpiece ever committed to disc. His magnificent recording of Nielsen’s Third with the Royal Danish Orchestra is also included.

And while we’re talking about Third Symphonies, Bernstein’s “Eroica” still sounds “wonderfully vibrant” (Gramophone) a half century after its first release. There are also his Beethoven overtures (“marvelous” –ClassicsToday.com) as well as Dvorák’s most popular symphony – “There’s no such thing as a ‘definitive’ recording [of the New World], but if there were, this one would come close to that imagined ideal” (ClassicsToday) – and two from Haydn’s magnificent “Paris” set: “It’s debatable whether there have been better performances” (ClassicalNet).

The great concerto recordings here include Beethoven’s Third and “Emperor” with Rudolf Serkin (“Serkin’s tensile, muscular pianism … makes a visceral impact that perfectly suits the defiant qualities that characterize middle-period Beethoven” – ClassicsToday).

Bernstein himself conducts and plays Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (“The one indispensable recording of this familiar work, paired with an equally fine American in Paris” – New York Times). Bernstein the pianist also accompanies Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, at the peak of his matchless career, in an acclaimed album of Mahler lieder. The ballets Rodeo and Billy the Kid by Bernstein’s mentor and friend Aaron Copland are included: “Even the composer couldn't make [them] dance the way Bernstein does” (New York Times).

Bernstein the composer is also generously represented. The original Broadway cast recording of Candide from 1956 is included, as is the definitive version of his most famous work: the original Broadway cast recording of West Side Story from 1957. And there are two classic mono record premieres from the 50s, Bernstein conducting his Second Symphony, “The Age of Anxiety”, with fellow composer Lukas Foss as piano soloist, and the Serenade, with violinist Isaac Stern.

The masterings in this new collection are the best ever issued of these thrilling recordings by one of the last century’s greatest musicians, selected from the recent Leonard Bernstein - The Composer and Leonard Bernstein – Remastered editions,. Sony Classical’s new 16-CD Leonard Bernstein edition is the perfect introduction to the work of this American genius. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
3.
King Stephan, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Egmont, Op. 84: Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810 
6.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lukas Foss (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
10.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
11.
West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Marilyn Cooper (Soprano), Mickey Calin (Tenor), Carol Lawrence (Soprano),
Ken Le Roy (Voice), Chita Rivera (Soprano), Larry Kert (Tenor),
Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Goberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/29/1957  
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC  
12.
Candide by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
13.
Rodeo by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
14.
Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
15.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
16.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
17.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
18.
Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
19.
Symphony no 82 in C major, H 1 no 82 "The Bear" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
20.
Symphony no 83 in G minor, H 1 no 83 "The Hen" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
21.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 1, Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
23.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
24.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
25.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 4, Nicht wiedersehen! by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
26.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 4, Serenade aus Don Juan by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
27.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 1, Zu Strassburg by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
28.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 3, Scheiden and Meiden by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
29.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 5, Selbstgefühl by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
30.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 1, Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
31.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 2, Ablösung im Sommer by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
32.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 5, Phantasie aus Don Juan by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
33.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 2, Erinnerung by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
34.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 2, Ich ging mit Lust by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
35.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 1, Frühlingsmorgen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
36.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 1, Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
37.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 2, Ging heut' morgens übers Feld by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
38.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 3, Ich hab' ein glühend Messer by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
39.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 4, Die zwei blauen Augen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
40.
Symphony no 3 in D minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
41.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
42.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
43.
Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; Denmark 
44.
Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Denmark 
45.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 

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 Almost perfect September 21, 2018 By George W. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "As an audiophile, I was always aware of the different sound of the classical record labels in their heyday. DGG was warm, London expansive, and Columbia (now Sony) cool, almost shrill in some cases. The excitement was there but often the weight was missing. I am pleased to report that the remastering for this set has corrected this imbalance in most cases. The recordings sound fresh and new (except, perhaps, for the Dvoarak). One omission was any Tchaikovsky - no Romeo & Juliet overture, Symphony #5, etc. This has led me to renewed interest in other remastered Columbia Bernstein recordings such as the Neilsen concertos for clarinet and flute. I download a lot of music, but this Bernstein set is offered at an amazing price I recommend it to any Baby Boomer who grew up on this music." Report Abuse
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