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Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus - The Historic TV Broadcasts

Bernstein,Leonard / Burnett / Goodman / Conried
Release Date: 01/26/2010 
Label:  Koch   Catalog #: 6731  
Composer:  VariousLudwig van BeethovenJohann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric Handel
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Mono & Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 29 Mins. 

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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.

Also Includes
A BONUS OMNIBUS PERFORMANCE of HANDEL’S MESSIAH (conducted by Leonard Bernstein)

"...Leonard Bernstein, caught on film in 1955 —
Read more 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]


Disc 1:
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (1954)
The World of Jazz (1955)

Disc 2:
The Art of Conducting (1955)
American Musical Comedy (1956)

Disc 3
Introduction to Modern Music (1957)
The Music of J. S. Bach (1957)

Disc 4
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
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Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Messiah, HWV 56: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 

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