Leonard Bernstein - Reflections

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Leonard Bernstein - Reflections


Gramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - DVD Documentary

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5th Oct 2009




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Leonard Bernstein - Reflections

A film by Peter Rosen


Le Boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58


and excerpts from works by Bernstein, Sondheim & Beethoven

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Seldom has the genius of one man so influenced the musical conscience of his age. Leonard Bernstein triumphed as composer, conductor, writer and teacher.The spontaneous joy of his Broadway hits, the bold, spiritual quest of his orchestral works, his intensity and vitality as conductor, made Bernstein one of the central figures in 20th-century music. In Leonard Bernstein - Reflections, he discusses his Boston childhood, his musical growth at Harvard and the Curtis Institute and the influence of great masters like Reiner, Mitropoulos and Koussevitzky. He shares his feelings on the primacy of tonal music and speculates on the nature of the creative process. From Carnegie Hall, scene of his début, to the living room of his home and his private studio overlooking New York's Central Park, Reflections explores the artist's varied and colourful career. Released for the first time since its production 30 years ago, this film is a rare personal portrait of Leonard Bernstein, who triumphed as composer, conductor, writer and teacher, told through his own words. It brings a renewed appreciation of this gifted man and his far-reaching influence.

NTSC 4:3 PCM Stereo

DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Bonus)

Original language: English

Booklet Notes: French, German, English

Running time: 52 minutes + 20 minutes (Bonus)

Gramophone Magazine

December 2009

“…we see Bernstein reflecting on his life and music, shot in Carnegie Hall (scene of his legendary 1943 debut) and his studio overlooking New York's Central Park. What a charismatic talker he is - straight to camera, unprompted, measured, fluent, thought-provoking, self-deprecating an fascinating about the creative process.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“the main content of the DVD is of Bernstein himself, cigarette in hand, charismatically reflecting on his life...The scintillating account of Milhaud's exhilarating Le boeuf sur le toit alone is worth the cost of the DVD - and what a joy [Bernstein] is to watch, enjoying himself hugely”

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