Leonard Bernstein Remastered 100 Cd
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Audio CD, Import, 27 October 2017
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 24.84 x 26.42 x 15.09 cm; 5.48 Kilograms
- Manufacturer : SME MASTERWORKS
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Run time : 85 hours and 53 minutes
- Label : SME MASTERWORKS
- ASIN : B072M4GVVB
- Number of discs : 100
- Best Sellers Rank: 30,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
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The choice of music in this collection seems rather haphazard, although there is a reasonable mix of core repertoire and more off-beat fare such as symphonies by Goldmark, Roy Harris and Shapero. There is plenty of music by Bernstein himself - all three symphonies, the ballets, the musicals and Candide, plus other bits. There are works that aren't replicated in DG's box of complete LB recordings, although there is much that is common to both sets - symphonies and concertos by the core Austro-Germans, Debussy's key orchestra works etc. Whilst one wouldn't expect Sony and DG to co-ordinate the contents of their respective editions, it's perhaps a pity that Sony didn't take the opportunity to include more of the works that LB never re-visited in the studio for the Yellow Label. Why more Beethoven and not Elliott Carter, Larry Austin, Blitzstein and Denisov?
That brings me on to other disappointments in the choice of recordings. First, there are some CDs that have had extra music added to take the duration beyond the average 45 minutes, but others where the duration is well under 50 minutes. I initially thought the policy must have been to add a "bonus" if the original contents didn't make 40 minutes, but then I found the CD of "Great Marches" which lasts only 33 minutes and the one with Bartok's second violin concerto lasting only 36 minutes. So there's no co-ordinated policy on the duration of the CDs. Secondly, there are many CDs here that are already available in other Sony boxes, particularly the "Bernstein - the Pianist" and "Bernstein - the Composer" boxes. But also, and whilst I appreciate that accompaniment is an essential part of a conductor's art, why are there so many concerto recordings? The CD of Bernstein playing Beethoven's first piano concerto (which by itself would have lasted 38 minutes) has a "bonus" of Entremont playing Rachmaninov's second - which is available in the "Entremont - complete concertos" box. Why include that, and the Entremont Tchaikovsky 1 (another 35 minute CD), as those recordings have already been released in original jacket form? And did we really need another release of "The Exciting Debut of Andre Watts", when the same CD is in Watts' own Sony box? Isaac Stern appears on five CDs (including the aforementioned 38 minutes long Bartok CD), which makes me suspect that a large original jacket "complete Isaacs Stern" box is in the works and Sony are saving some remastering cash by doubling-up here. Thirdly, two recordings actually appear twice in the set - the Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens from "Prince Igor" and the Procession of the Sardar from Ippolitov-Ivanov's first set of Caucasian Sketches both appear in CD63 (as part of their respective complete orchestral suites) and then in CD94 (a collection of Russian "bonbons") - with only 100 CDs to play with, why on earth feature the same recordings twice?
So this is a missed opportunity, unless Sony intended to market this set to people who want a "Bernstein highlights" set and don't mind about duplication with other Sony artist boxes and short durations of most of the CDs. I note that for the same price you can buy the second and third volumes of the complete edition - probably a much better investment than this set. The recordings here are wonderful, but Lenny deserved better. Unless Sony are planning a "Bernstein Remastered - Volume 2" this time next year...
Jeder der sich die Box zulegen möchte, dem Wünsche ich viel Freude beim Erkunden vieler toller Aufnahmen!