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Bernstein Century - Bizet: Symphony No 1; Offenbach, Et Al


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61830   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges BizetJacques OffenbachFranz von Suppé
Performer:  Harold Gomberg
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Always full of surprises, Leonard Bernstein turns in one of the best ever recordings of Bizet's delightful early symphony. The performance is vivacious, unaffected, graced by Harold Gomberg's excellent solo oboe in the slow movement, and capped by a finale that really sizzles. Like all great musicians, Bernstein was an exceptional performer of "light" music, fortifying musically lean works with stylishness, verve, and sheer commitment. The composer of "Candide" clearly is at work in the equally ebullient renditions of pieces by Offenbach and Suppé. Simply put, this recording is a charmer.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Always full of surprises, Leonard Bernstein turns in one of the best ever recordings of Bizet's delightful early symphony. The performance is vivacious, unaffected, graced by Harold Gomberg's excellent solo oboe in the slow movement, and capped by a finale that really sizzles. Like all great musicians, Bernstein was an exceptional performer of "light" music, fortifying musically lean works with stylishness, verve, and sheer commitment. The composer of "Candide" clearly is at work in the equally ebullient renditions of pieces by Offenbach and Suppé. Simply put, this recording is a charmer.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Harold Gomberg (Oboe)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
Date of Recording: 05/27/1963 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 27 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1969 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 21 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: 'Gaîté Parisienne' is a pastiche of various works by Jacques Offenbach, selected and arranged as a ballet score by Manuel Rosenthal. 
3.
Orphée aux enfers: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/21/1967 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (1858).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1874). 
4.
Die schöne Galatea: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1967 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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