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Leonard Bernstein

The Maestro: Music By Leonard Bernstein (2CD)

Electrifying conductor, brilliant composer, gifted pianist, inspiring teacher: Leonard Bernstein is one of the most famous and influential musicians of all time. Highlights in this two-disc of the Maestro’s legendary recordings for Deutsche Grammophon include his incandescent interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler, composers for whom he felt a profound affinity. And Bernstein’s lifelong dedication to American music is vividly illustrated with Gershwin, Barber and, of course, his own iconic West Side Story.

This compilation offers a perfect introduction to Bernstein as conductor. Highlighting some of classical music’s most beloved works: Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’; Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No.5; Barber’s Adagio for Strings; the finale of Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony; Gerswhin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’; Dvořák’s ‘From the New World’; and excerpts from Mahler’s Symphony No.2 — a work of huge significance to the new Netflix Bradley Cooper biopic, are also included.

CD 1

BERNSTEIN: Candide – Overture

London Symphony Orchestra
BERNSTEIN: West Side Story (excerpts)

Los Angeles Philharmonic
ELGAR: Enigma Variations Op. 46 (excerpts)

BBC Symphony Orchestra
BARRBER: Adagio for Strings

Los Angeles Philharmonic

GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Bernstein, piano; Los Angeles Philharmonic

MAHLER: Symphony No. 5: Adagietto

Wiener Philharmoniker
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ (excerpts)

Barbara Hendricks, Christa Ludwig, The Westminster Choir, New York Philharmonic

CD 2

HAYDN: Symphony No. 88: Finale

Wiener Philharmoniker
MOZART: Clarinet Concerto: Adagio

Peter Schmidl, Wiener Philharmoniker
MOZART: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner": Finale

Wiener Philharmoniker
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral": 3rd movt.

Wiener Philharmoniker
SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto: Langsam

Mischa Maiksy, Wiener Philharmoniker
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 "Spring": Scherzo

Wiener Philharmoniker
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique": Adagio — Allegro non troppo

New York Philharmonic
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World": Scherzo

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dance No. 8

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance: March No. 1

BBC Symphony Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’: finale

June Anderson, Sarah Walker, Klaus König, Jan-Hendrik Rootering