Leonard Bernstein – Remastered Edition 100 Cd

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Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Catalog: 88985417142
Format: CD

Leonard Bernstein

SONY’S ULTIMATE BERNSTEIN BOX100-CD selection of his benchmark recordings - remastered​​​​​​​On the eve of his centenary in 2018, Sony Classical is proud to announce the most important collection yet released of Leonard Bernstein’s classic American Columbia recordings, newly remastered from their original 2- and 3-track analogue tapes. This is unquestionably the most comprehensive display of the legendary American conductor’s unparalleled dynamism and versatility ever offered in a single package. Many of Bernstein’s most memorable and critically acclaimed interpretations are brought together here for the first time. This has allowed for the creation of a natural balance (for example, between the orchestra and solo instruments) that brings the quality of these half-century-old recordings, excellent for their time, up to the discriminating standards of today’s audiophiles. In addition, there has been a meticulous restoration of some earlier masterings in which LP surface noise was too rigorously eliminated at the expense of the original brilliance. In every case, the masterings in this new collection represent the best ever issued of these matchless recordings by one of the greatest musicians of the last century.Space permits only the mention of highlights, but they will give you a sense of the breadth and depth of this astonishing new set. There are his two classic complete opera recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic: Verdi’s Falstaff (1966) starring Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Strauss’s Rosenkavalier (1971) with Christa Ludwig, Gwyneth Jones, Lucia Popp and Walter Berry. And his incandescent complete 1966 Haydn Creation from New York. Bernstein’s New York Philharmonic recordings that launched the “Mahler Renaissance” in the 1960s are here, of course, including the 1961 Third Symphony which has arguably never been surpassed. Ditto for Carl Nielsen, whose great works Bernstein brought to a wide new public with interpretations like the 1962 NYP recording of the Fifth Symphony, perhaps the most thrilling account of this 20th-century masterpiece ever committed to disc. The Sibelius Fifth recording from 1961 is another celebrated Bernstein reading. And while we’re talking about Fifth Symphonies, Bernstein’s Beethoven Fifth from 1961 is still as electrifying now as it was then. His talk about the work is also included, one of many treasurable spoken-word commentaries in this set delivered by one of classical music’s most charismatic and influential lecturers and teachers.Naturally there’s much more Mahler, Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven in the new collection, not to mention Bach and Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart, Schubert and Schumann, Berlioz and Liszt, Brahms and Bruckner, Dvořák and Smetana, Bizet and Offenbach, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc, Grieg and Fauré, Stravinsky and Hindemith, Bartók and Berg, Ives and Copland, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Richard and Johann Strauss – symphonies, overtures, symphonic poems, dances, choral and vocal works as well as countless great concertos with soloists like Isaac Stern and Glenn Gould, not to mention Bernstein himself in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.Bernstein the composer is also represented by all his ballets, symphonies, concertos and more. The original Broadway cast recording of Candide from 1956 is included, as is the definitive version of his most famous work, the original Broadway cast recording of West Side Story from 1957 – plus Bernstein’s later recording of the musical’s “Symphonic Dances”.   There is, of course, the still astonishing album that launched Leonard Bernstein’s international reputation as the most dynamic and charismatic conductor of his era, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring recorded in January 1958 – two months after his appointment as the youngest music director in the New York Philharmonic’s history. And, as a special bonus, there is his debut with the Philharmonic, from the radio broadcast of November 11, 1943, when he made music history stepping in for Bruno Walter and setting the musical world abuzz.

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