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Classic Performances - Bernstein's America - Copland, Et Al


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463465   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinCharles IvesSamuel BarberAaron Copland,   ... 
Performer:  Peter SchmidtLeonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraIsrael Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Bernstein, who has, of course, recorded Appalachian Spring before on CBS, obtains a most sensitive performance now presented with unsurpassed clarity... The inventiveness of Copland's orchestral writing has never been sufficiently remarked, but this issue leaves no excuse for missing it." -- Gramophone [10/1984, reviewing DG 413324]

"...Leonard Bernstein is pianist as well as conductor in this Rhapsody in Blue. He plays the demanding solo with élan and plenty of style. Besides demonstrating the influence of jazz, his finely shaped performance reminds one of the virtuoso concerto tradition descending from Liszt and Grieg." -- Robert McColley, FANFARE [2002, reviewing DG 469277]

"...Bernstein, who has, of course, recorded Appalachian Spring before on CBS, obtains a most sensitive performance now presented with unsurpassed clarity... The inventiveness of Copland's orchestral writing has never been sufficiently remarked, but this issue leaves no excuse for missing it." -- Gramophone [10/1984, reviewing DG 413324]

"...Leonard Bernstein is pianist as well as conductor in this Rhapsody in Blue. He plays the demanding solo with élan and plenty of style. Besides demonstrating the influence of jazz, his finely shaped performance reminds one of the virtuoso concerto tradition descending from Liszt and Grieg." -- Robert McColley, FANFARE [2002, reviewing DG 469277]

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Works on This Recording

1.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  Live  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 22 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal 
2.
On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1981 
Venue:  Live  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 21 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
On the Town: Three Dance episodes by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1981 
Venue:  Live  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Peter Schmidt (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  Live  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  Live  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 26 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  Live  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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