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Bernstein Century - Tchaikovsky, Dvorak: Piano Concertos


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61828   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAntonín Dvorák
Performer:  Philippe EntremontJustus Frantz
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This re-release of the 1961 Leonard Bernstein and Philippe Entremont collaboration on the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 reminds the listener of how often performances of this work are excessively mannered, substituting grandiose posturing for truly grand sentiment.
The titanic musical temperaments of Bernstein and Entremont come together to project the majesty and heroism that suffuses all three movements of the concerto. Entremont's playing is vital and precise; he executes the most elaborate figurations with daring and panache--his octave playing is thrilling. Sometime piano concerto soloist that he was, Bernstein maintains throughout an impeccable sense of ensemble, one that allows both soloist and orchestra to shimmer.
This re-release of the 1961 Leonard Bernstein and Philippe Entremont collaboration on the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 reminds the listener of how often performances of this work are excessively mannered, substituting grandiose posturing for truly grand sentiment.
The titanic musical temperaments of Bernstein and Entremont come together to project the majesty and heroism that suffuses all three movements of the concerto. Entremont's playing is vital and precise; he executes the most elaborate figurations with daring and panache--his octave playing is thrilling. Sometime piano concerto soloist that he was, Bernstein maintains throughout an impeccable sense of ensemble, one that allows both soloist and orchestra to shimmer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 34 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
2.
Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Justus Frantz (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1975 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 41 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
II. Andantino semplice
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro agitato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Finale. Allegro con fuoco

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