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Samuel Pisar (narrator), Jan Remmers (tenor) & Christian Immler (baritone)
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Rundfunkchor Berlin, John Axelrod
“The performance by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under John Axelrod is solid rather than spectacular, and Bernstein's own second recording remains definitive.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008
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American Classics - Leonard Bernstein
“The word 'chutzpah' might have been invented for Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony.
Not content with challenging the great deity in the sky, Bernstein also takes on the credo of 1960s 12-tone orthodoxies in his third symphony – a far greater sin in the eyes of some.
'Every son defies his father, fights him…only to return to him closer and more secure than before,' Bernstein wrote as he explained how Jewish theology informed his score. And as his speaker rages against God, down in the orchestra there's a furious debate about what Bernstein perceived as the crisis in modern music.
The raw material of Bernstein's score is a dialectical clash between paternal tonality and 'errant' 12-tone music, although it's hard to imagine a more hummable tone-row. This centrifugal tension powers the symphony on, and Gerard Schwarz conveys the unfolding drama with strategic clarity. Ironically in the circumstances, Bernstein's own pull-no-punches 1977 DG recording with the Israel PO must hang heavy over any conductor approaching the piece. One giant tick in Schwarz's plus-column is Willard White, a less mannered speaker than Bernstein's Michael Wager. The orchestra and voices, too, sound as if they're taking pleasure in Bernstein's highly inventive scoring, running the spectrum of his jazzy big-band swagger and post-Darmstadt atonal webs with ease.
In comparison to Kaddish's angst, ChichesterPsalms is a cathartic work that, to paraphrase, requires little more than reading the lines without tripping over the lopsided time signatures.
Schwarz energises the Technicolor opening movement, although choral vulnerabilities detract from the work's conclusion. None the less, a disc Bernstein fans will relish.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“The raw material of Bernstein's score is a dialectical clash between paternal tonality and 'errant' 12-tone music, although if anyone's written a more hummable tone-row I've yet to hear it. One giant tick in Schwarz's plus-column is Willard White, a less mannered speaker than Bernstein's Michael Wager. The orchestra and voices, too, sound as if they're taking pleasure in Bernstein's highly inventive scoring, running the spectrum of his jazzy big-band swagger and post-Darmstadt atonal webs with ease.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2006
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Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms and Missa Brevis
“In the Concerto the orchestral playing is attractively deep and detailed and Chandos's sound engineering nicely shines the spotlight on soloists while giving brilliant weight to the sinister instrumental groups that comment from the sidelines” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 ****
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Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition
Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah'
Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety'
Symphony No. 3 'Kaddish'
Symphony in C
The Airborne Symphony
Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Symphony for organ and orchestra
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
Symphony in D minor
Rustic Wedding Symphony
Symphony No. 3
Symphonies Nos. 82 - 87 (the Paris Symphonies)
Symphony No. 88 in G major
Symphonies Nos. 93 - 104 (the London Symphonies)
Symphony in E flat
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3 'The Camp Meeting'
A Faust Symphony, S108
Symphonies 1-9 (complete)
Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'
Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, K18
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'
Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 (FS29) 'The Four temperaments'
Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'
Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (FS76) 'The Inextinguishable'
Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'
Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 5 (Symphony for Strings)
Symphony No. 8
Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)
Symphony for Classical Orchestra
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
Symphony No. 14 in G minor, Op. 135
Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)
Symphony of Psalms
Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4 in F minor
Leonard Bernstein is widely considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. His unrivalled combination of the highest musical standards and personal warmth shine through in his conducting and are attractively showcased in this unique Collector’s Edition boxset.
The LEONARD BERNSTEIN SYMPHONY EDITION brings together his complete symphonic recordings from 1953 to 1976. These unparalleled versions of the mainstays of the symphonic canon are collected together for the first time to celebrate the genius and impact of Leonard Bernstein in a 60 disc very limited deluxe edition, in LP-size format, also containing a 32 page LP-sized illustrated book providing unique insight into the life and work of Leonard Bernstein.
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