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Total Embrace, A - The Conductor [Box set]

Leonard Bernstein Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000AZ7OR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1. A Total Embrace: The Conductor - Various Composers

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CD 1 PETER TCHAIKOVSKY 1. Sinfonie Nr. 4 f-moll op. 36 (Auszug): 4. Finale: Allegro non fuoco IGOR STRAVINSKY 2. The Firebird Suite (Auszug): Finale 3. Le Sacre du Printemps (Auszug): The Sacrifice MAURICE RAVEL 4. Sheherazade (Auszug): La Flute enchante MAURICE RAVEL 5. Konzert fr Klavier und Orchester g-moll (Auszug): 3. Presto JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 6. Konzert fr Keyboard und Orchester Nr. 1 d-moll BWV 1052 (Auszug): 1. Allegro BELA BARTOK 7. Konzert fr Orchester (Auszug): 5. Finale: Pesante - Presto CLAUDE DEBUSSY 8. Sinfonie Nr. 5 d-moll op. 47 (Auszug): 4. Allegro ma non troppo 9. Nocturnes: 1. Nuages GEORGE GERSHWIN 10. Rhapsody in Blue CD 2 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 11. Sinfonie Nr. 39 Es-Dur KV 543 (Auszug): 4. Finale: Allegro AARON COPLAND 12. El Saln Mexico JOSEPH HAYDN 13. Sinfonie C-Dur Hob. I: 82 "L'ours" (Auszug): 4. Finale: Vivace OSCAR LORENZO FERNANDEZ 14. Reisado do pastoreio (Auszug): Finale "Batuque" JEAN SIBELIUS 15. Sinfonie Nr. 5 Es-Dur op. 82 (Auszug): 4. Allegro molto LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 16. Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 "Eroica" (Auszug): 1. Allegro con brio CHARLES IVES 17. The Unanswered Questions GUSTAV MAHLER 18. Sinfonie Nr. 2 c-moll "Resurrection" (Auszug): 5. Im Tempo des Scherzos: Sehr langsam und gedehnt CD 3 FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN 19. Missa in tempore belli C-Dur Hob. XXII: 9 (Auszug): 6. Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem GIUSEPPE VERDI 20. Falstaff (Auszug): Facciamo il parentado...Tutto nel mondo burla (3. Akt) JOHN PHILIP SOUSA 21. Semper Fidelis HECTOR BERLIOZ 22. Dies Irae op. 5 (Auszug): Requiem "Tuba mirum" a.o.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bernstein selected 15 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Complete with a photograph of a thoughtfully posed Lennie on the front, the three CDs come in a sensible package, not the usual brittle, explosive plastic case which does not want to release the CDs and often when it does, the seem on the point of snapping; however, it is usually the case which snaps, falls apart or, most usually, both. This is a solid cardboard, four-sectioned package which releases the CDs easily and houses the small booklet in the front; sensible and should be adopted by other manufacturers. (Come to think of it, all the Bernsteins sets I own, some with seven CDs are sensibly packaged for ease of use.)

Although there is some repetition, if it is to add to a Bernstein collection, it is a useful set compiled by Grace Rowe; divided into "Concert Works" and "Theatre Works", the latter two discs, the former three, it is highly representative sample of Bernstein's works all conducted by him.

"It takes me months after a season of conducting to get everyone else's music out of my head before I can compose my own." (Booklet P 8) Included in the "everyone else's" are the the highest regarded musicians of all time.

Unless, like me, you are looking for whatever there is out there by Bernstein, check the contents to avoid disappointment but, at [] it seems a sensible investment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Highlights of Bernstein's conducting career - Nice selection of recordings and very reasonably priced 4 Oct 2011
By Phil in Magnolia - Published on Amazon.com
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As you can see from the track listing provided by Amazon, this is a 3 disc set containing (mostly) a number of single movements from longer performances of complete works (there are a couple of complete works - see below). It is a selection of performances that was put together in order to provide an overview and introduction to Bernstein's conducting accomplishments, and was released by Sony in 2003 to commemorate what would have been Bernstein's 85th birthday (not to waste any possible anniversary, that).

The earliest of the performances is La Flte enchantée from Shéhérazade (Three songs for Voice and Orchestra), recorded in 1950 (in mono but the sound is very good), and the latest is from 1976 (Falla: El Amor Brujo - The Magic Circle, Song Of The Fisherman).

The complete compositions included on the discs are: Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question; Aaron Copland's El Salón México; and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". The last performance was recorded at the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn, NY, and Bernstein both conducted the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and performed on the piano.

The performances are quite good, enthusiastic and the recording quality throughout is excellent.

The three CD's are packaged nicely with a small booklet listing details of each selection including performance venue and dates, and with a short essay written by Maurice Peress, who was Bernstein's assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic beginning in 1961, and collaborated with Bernstein frequently thereafter.

The discs include one composition that I had not heard before. On disc 2, there is a performance of Reisado Do Pastoreio - Batuque by the Brazilian composer Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez that is nice. There is also a very enjoyable performance of Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa which I did not have previously on CD.

As a highlights set I would say that this is a worthwhile purchase. There is a lot of great music contained on these discs. It is very reasonably priced, and the three discs are jam packed with music, 3.8 hours total, so Sony did use practically every kb available - nice! It could also be used as a good introductory disc to present to someone new to classical music, to provide some examples of a nice variety of composers and works. Of course, these days you can create the same thing using a playlist and your iPod or MP3 player, if you happen to have these particular selections already, but maybe not if you wanted to have everything conducted by Bernstein, which after all is the point of the set.

For the serious classical music collector this is probably not something of interest, but for the other reasons briefly given above I think it can be a very good acquisition. I give it three stars only because I think it is something of limited interest, not because of any deficiencies in quality of the performances or recordings.
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