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Leonard Bernstein: Historic Broadcasts 1946-1961

Leonard Bernstein: Historic Broadcasts 1946-1961


Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral' - Ode to joy (excerpt)

Irma Gonzales (soprano), Nan Merriman (mezzo), Raoul Jobin (tenor), Nicola Moscona (bass)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Bernstein:

Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

Chávez:

Symphony No. 4: ‘Sinfonía Romántica'

Copland:

Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion)

Laurence Olivier (narrator)

Symphony No. 2 'Short Symphony'

Billy the Kid

Diamond:

Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C sharp

Symphony No. 8

Fine, I G:

Serious Song

Harris, Roy:

American Creed

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

rehearsal and performance

Adele Addison (soprano), Nan Merriman (mezzo)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Piston:

Concerto for Orchestra

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

rehearsal and performance

Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

rehearsal and performance

United Nations March

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Weill, K:

The Threepenny Opera

and rehearsal excerpts of Turangalila & Mozart Piano Concerto No. 15


When it was announced that Leonard Bernstein was the become the new conductor of the New York Philharmonic in November 1957, Claudia Cassidy in the Chicago Daily Tribune wrote that it was “no great surprise” but injected a note of caution: “wish him luck, because no one needs it more than the musical director of a symphony orchestra.”

It turned out to be an inspired appointment. This set demonstrates what it was in about his music making and his personality that led the New York Philharmonic’s directors to choose him. It includes extensive recorded documentation of Bernstein’s career up to the time of his nomination in New York, mostly in live performances and rehearsal segments, working on music ranging from Mozart to Messiaen.

Bernstein’s work after his appointment to the NYP is represented in this set by performances of American music given as part of his “Survey of American Music” in the 1958–9 season (Fine, Harris and Piston), along with Copland in 1957 and Diamond in 1961; the 1959 recording sessions for two of his favourite twentieth-century classics (Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Copland’s Billy the Kid) which show conductor and orchestra at their most efficient and effective; and hitherto unpublished live performances of music by Bartók, Beethoven, Chávez, and Mahler.

“Excitement? Charisma? Sweat? Here in plenty. But there is also meticulous musicianship, particularly on view in some of the set’s most precious documents...Speeds hurtle; the heart races; the spine tingles...you’re holding history in your hand.” The Times, 12th April 2013 *****

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Verdi: Falstaff rehearsals

Verdi: Falstaff rehearsals


Giuseppe Valdengo (Falstaff), Herva Nelli (Alice), Frank Guarrera (Ford), Teresa Stich-Randall (Nannetta), Nan Merriman (Meg), Cloe Elmo (Mistress Quickly), Norman Scott (Pistola)

Arturo Toscanini

Recorded 1950

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Verdi: Requiem & Te Deum

Verdi: Requiem & Te Deum


Verdi:

Requiem

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Te Deum


Herva Nelli (soprano), Nan Merriman (mezzo-soprano), William McGrath (tenor) and Norman Scott (bass)

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, April 26, 1948

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