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The Final Concert [Import]

Benjamin Britten^Ludwig van Beethoven , Leonard Bernstein , Boston Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten^Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (18 Aug 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GEY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Peter Grimes Op.33: I - Dawn - Lento e tranquillo
2. Peter Grimes Op.33: II - Sunday Morning - Allegro spiritoso
3. Peter Grimes Op.33: III - Moonlight - Andante comodo e rubato
4. Peter Grimes Op.33: IV - Storm - Presto con fuoco
5. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
6. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: 2 - Allegretto
7. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: 3 - Presto
8. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: 4 - Allegro con brio

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT IGNORE THIS CD!!! 27 Aug 2004
Having a strong interest in Leonard Bernstein's career, I was anxious to obtain a copy of this 'FINAL CONCERT',...especially as it included one of my favourite Beethoven symphonies.
From the first Bernstein's direction is gripping and fascinating at the same time and I think that we hear all-to-little of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The "4 Sea Interludes" (Britten) exhibit all of Bernstein's craft for communication, tonal appreciation and love of music (I was unfamiliar with this piece, so it was of particular interest). I would admit to some surprise at the pace of the Beethoven 7; it seems to fall in-between Bernstein's firey reading with the NYPO (Sony) and his later effort with the Vienna PO for DG. Bernstein persuades the Boston players to produce all sorts of detail and 'sweetness', something I rarely associate with his recordings. However, the listening experience is none-the-less interesting and is full of passion and commitment.
I believe the recording was made at the Tanglewood Summer Festival but the sound is well balanced and full of atmosphere.
I recently saw a comment about this CD, to the effect that it should be politely disregarded because of the circumstances behind the concert,i.e. Bernstein's serious and subsequently fatal illness! Whilst I understand the argument, I completely disagree and feel it would be a mistake to ignore this CD...for certain, Bernstein fans will not be disappointed!
I am sure that no one would dispute Bernstein's 100% commitment to music-making and musical appreciation. Despite serious illness, he was willing to continue his craft as long as possible and this CD definitely deserves it's place on our shelves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The swan's song from a maestro 13 April 2010
Bernstein declines bodily, but never decays mentally. The Britten and Beethoven recording itself offers an arguably convincing reading that silently yet confidently defies any cynicism or aesthetic purism by amateur crtitics like Changqiaowopo.

To start with Britten's Sea Preludes, Bernstein deLiberately slows down its tempo to create a dreamy mood that is carefully maintained throughout. The orchestral coloring is indeed less than dazzling or shiny, yet it paradoxically opens up a new way that is strangely untypical of Bernstein, ie, serene and unaggressive. It greatly inspires and induces thoughts, instead of arguing violently for sth specific or concrete. Not only a great musician per se, Bernstein turns out to be a masterly "painter", not with brushes, but the baton!!!

As to Beethoven's Symphony 7, Bernstein refuses to be as fiery as before. Instead, he becomes somewhat introvert and indirect. To those who claim this reading as too sluggish or un-Beethoven, I can only argue that their minds seem to be too narrow and fixed to adapt to any new ideas or new ways of thinking. One thing must be stated clearly, that is, Bernstein does not try to be too "individualistic" here, as Changqiaowopo wrongly and unfairly accuses. He observes all possible repeats exactly in accordance with Beethoven's notations, and conducts the sforzandi extremely literally in the Scherzo. The narrative tensions are gradually built up to a due climax, forming a natural contrast between sound and silence, not exaggerating at all, as Changxiaowopo unwittingly(somewhat freakishly, I have to say) argues!!!For me, Bernstein's creativity lies in the heightened emotions ¡°recollected in tranquility¡±£¨Òý×Ô»ª×È»ªË¹Ê«ÂÛ), as is reflected in his reading of Beethoven 7th.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 14 Feb 2014
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It is good to have the chance to listen to performances such as this which have been less favourably reviewed in the musical press. This was a disc I was put off buying for years as the general critical line apologised for these performances conducted by a terminally sick man. The Britten sea interludes are powerful and the 7th symphony compellingly drawn out in this final concert by Bernstein.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect interpretation of Britten 25 Jan 2010
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I was particularly impressed with Leonard Bernstein's performance of the Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 24 Mar 2000
By Jonathan Blumhofer - Published on Amazon.com
This is not a terrifically played concert: the crowd noise interferes frequently (it doesn't help that this was recorded in the Tanglewood "Shed" on a rainy day, too), and there are occasional orchestral mistakes. But to make claims that the tempos taken are self indulgent on the part of the conductor and that this performance is uninspired is outrageous. If nothing else, since this is Leonard Bernstein's final recording/concert, it is of enormous historical value. That said, it is a tremendous feat on his part what is documented here. The Britten "Interludes" are played by the BSO as well as anyone plays them, and in the Beethoven there is a phenomenal amount of emotional energy given out. It is slow, if for no other reason than that LB was too sick to keep up: at points in the performance he could barely breathe and almost collapsed in the middle of the Beethoven, barely making it through to the end. However, as a result--even at this (granted) lugubrious tempo--the Andante carries with it an unmatched pathos and mournful significance, and the final, brilliant chords of the finale have a note (no pun, please) of very special triumph. For, to quote the liner notes, "...(Bernstein) had fought another battle, and--for the last time--he had triumphed."
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there will never be another Leonard Bernstein 1 Jun 2000
By Ray Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Due to the historic and sentimental impact of this recording, done at a live concert, I think it would be pretty mean-spirited to give it anything less than a full recommendation, although under other circumstances one might reconsider. Unlike other reviews, I found the Beethoven more successful than the Britten. The Sea Pictures from Peter Grimes were atmospheric but due to the slow tempi the horn parts tended to blare somewhat in the storm section. I find this music needs a quicker pulse to be completely effective, and would have to say this is not the equal of Previn's recording in London, or that of the composer, both of which were admittedly done under studio conditions.The central Pictures were very effective. It was nonetheless an individual interpretation, well worth hearing. The Beethoven 7th, as also noted elsewhere, is among the slowest recordings available, due to the basic tempo and the observance of all repeats. The Allegretto sounded more like an Adagio, which some purists would find objectionable, but its tempo fit in with the rest of the score. The Scherzo was slow too but Bernstein conducted the sforzandi very literally, which hit me with a jolt more than once - as surely Beethoven intended. Quite frankly I was surprised to read Bernstein was feeling so poorly he leaned against the podium for support during this movement, the playing doesn't give that impression. The finale has just enough of an increase in tempo to give it extra lift and sparkle, without losing symphonic strength. The orchestra plays with excellent rhythmic pointing and the horns blaze in the coda without sounding frenetic, as many other performances do. The immediate and boisterous ovation was gratifying and heart-warming. The digital recording is excellent, as is the detailed documentation. Overall, this recording is a valuable document, and its inevitable flaws make it none the worse for that. Strongly recommended.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more stars to give 25 Aug 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have only just discovered this recording and am stunned by the quality of the playing.

OK the recording is slightly marred by the shuffling and coughing of a live performance but what magnificent playing.

Having read the earlier reviews I was expecting the Beethoven to be a dirge and bought the CD as a 'homage' to Lenny, but I think it is probably one of the most intense recordings of Beethoven's 7th I have heard - full of tension and vitality.

Don't be fooled, despite his physical frailty this Beethoven is inspired both in terms of conducting and instrumental playing. The orchestra knew this was Lenny's final appearance at Tanglewood and absolutely played their socks off - and Lenny knew exactly what he was doing with the slower tempos. There are so many phrases that leap out a bring new light and shade.

The Britten is wonderful to - but the Beethoven recording should be heard by everyone (at least once).
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I am amazed at the naysayers. This recording, idiosyncratic a la Bernstein, nonetheless is dramatic, powerful and exciting. To those who cpmplained it was too slow in parts, I guess they just didn't listen to the tension-building as we were led to magnificent crescendoes. a marvelous personal statement.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Bernstein: The Final Concert 25 May 2000
By Shota - Published on Amazon.com
Even though this CD contained few orchestral mistakes and soft murmers of the audience during the performance, the program doesn't bother me much.
What I care about this CD is that it was a sort of a "good-bye" concert of my very favorite conductor of all times, Leonard Bernstein.
The performance was a little slower than other performances, but fairly neat.
Britten's Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes" gave me plenty of oceanic imagination and mood.
I was nearly touched by the final movement of Beethoven's seventh symphony and the final bursts of applause and cries of the audiences.
If I were to become a conductor, I would want to celebrate 50 years after Lenny's last performance by performing the same music Lenny had programmed in his last concert. I truly respect Bernstein as a musician.
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