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Notes and Editorial Reviews
From 1958 through 1973, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic thrilled audiences with wonderful concert experiences presented in a sparkling music-with-commmentary format: The Young People’s Concert. Viewed nationwide on CBS television, and eventually telecast around the world, The Young People’s Concerts turned an entire generation into music lovers.
25 Hours on 9 discs.
Region: 1 (US and Canada). Full Screen 4:3.
"The mother lode is the trove of Young People’s Concerts, broadcast by CBS between 1958 and 1973. Eloquent and passionate, with an infectious love of music and what makes it tick, Bernstein taught a generation about classical structures and
techniques (sonata form, orchestration, syncopation, musical humor) and styles (Impressionism, jazz, folk influences, American music), with loving explorations of the sections of the orchestra and particular composers (Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich). These shows — the Kultur set includes 25 — have worn well: Bernstein was not condescending when he spoke to children, and even a listener who knows how music works can get a lot from his talks. Not least, they recall a time when a major network offered this kind of thing in prime time, and when the classical music world had someone with the personality to carry it off." -- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
"This nine-disc collector's edition begins with the first concert in 1958 and runs through the last broadcast in 1973. Having grown up with these programs, I thought I remembered them vividly. But viewed in the context of television's current anemic involvement with arts education, Bernstein's achievement seems more astounding than ever...he was convinced that with the right teacher, television could be the greatest tool for musical education. He would educate by entertaining." - Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Various
New York Philharmonic
Young People's Concerts - (Lectures) by Leonard Bernstein
New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 1958 - 1973
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
I'm not qualified to do this. January 27, 2016
By Peter S. (ESQUIMALT, BC) See All My Reviews
"I bought this for a grand daughter who is keen on learning to play the violin. She lives in another country. From what I have heard, she likes it."
Remembrance of things past. November 9, 2013
By CLARKE C. (dearborn, MI) See All My Reviews
"I remembered how much I enjoyed these programs in my youth and was thrilled to be able to purchase them for my grandchildren. My enjoyment hasn't abated."
Leonard Bernstein's aYoung People's Concerts January 9, 2013
By L. Wolfe (Tempe, AZ) See All My Reviews
"Bernstein is a genius, and can get young people excited about music. These concerts are specifically designed for children, and his interactions with the kids keeps them interested in what he is doing. These concerts hold the attention of young and old alike, while introducing ideas, concepts, and musicianship in an interesting and entertaining way."