Notes and Editorial Reviews
Also available on DVD:
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts and
Leonard Bernstein's The Unanswered Question
Hosted by Alastair Cooke, OMNIBUS was a monumental series, featuring diverse live broadcasts on science, the arts, and the humanities.
This historic collection includes seven complete programs featuring lectures, performances and master classes from the legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.
A BONUS OMNIBUS PERFORMANCE of HANDEL’S MESSIAH (conducted by Leonard Bernstein)
"...Leonard Bernstein, caught on film in 1955 —
brings you into the musician’s world, talking about how tempo, dynamics and phrasing express a conductor’s feelings and beliefs about a piece, and how that expressivity affects a listener’s perception of the music... [T]his set of appearances, just released by E1 Entertainment, is a landmark in the development of Bernstein’s public persona... [S]peaking as a composer...Bernstein is intent on demonstrating that the inevitable doesn’t just happen. It comes from intense work... To show this, he restores a handful of Beethoven’s discarded sketches to the score so that we can hear how the Fifth would have sounded if Beethoven had retained his first (or second or 10th) thought... The message Bernstein leaves you with is that in composition, process — trial and error, writing and revision — is everything... Using a few chorales and a section of the “St. Matthew Passion,” he shows how Bach’s counterpoint works and touches on other technical details, but is mainly intent on demonstrating that once you know Bach’s language, the emotion and drama within his music are irresistible. And persuading listeners that music is irresistible — and how and why — is what Bernstein was all about."
-- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times [2/16/2010]
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (1954)
The World of Jazz (1955)
The Art of Conducting (1955)
American Musical Comedy (1956)
Introduction to Modern Music (1957)
The Music of J. S. Bach (1957)
What Makes Opera Grand? (1958)
Bonus - Excerpts from Handel's "Messiah"
Region: 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, PCM Mono
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Various
Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany
Messiah, HWV 56: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Written: 1742; London, England
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