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Bernstein Century - The Age Of Anxiety, Serenade


Release Date: 07/14/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60558   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lukas FossIsaac Stern
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicSymphony of the Air
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony are now reissuing the earlier New York recordings of the Bernstein symphonies in the Bernstein Century Edition. In the case of No. 2 this is the very first (1950) mono version, with Lukas Foss as the piano soloist. Subtitled The Age of Anxiety and based on Auden's poem, this concertante work shows the composer at his most eclectic, with the stylistic contrasts emphasized by the clear, forward mono sound, the "Dirge" stridently dissonant, and the jazzy exuberance of the "Masque" contrasting boldly with the closing "Epilogue". Foss is dazzlingly idiomatic but he is too forwardly recorded; and the same has to be said of the coupled (1956) mono performance of the Serenade after Plato's "Symposium", Read more with the violin soloist Isaac Stern on top form and naturally attuned to the score, but with the solo violin balanced way out front and the orchestral sound unrefined.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [12/1998] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1950 
Venue:  New York City 
2.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/19/1956 
Venue:  New York City 

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