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Leonard Bernstein: Mahler - The Symphonies [DVD]  [NTSC]
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The 8th Symphony gets off to an electrifying start and continues in this vein all the way through to the conclusion of the work. In between, Bernstein is sensitive to every mood of the symphony. This is undoubtedly a great performance. The DG set on CD includes a performance from Salzburg given around the same time, but this Vienna version is more polished - probably because it is edited from more than one concert. It is interesting to watch how Bernstein marshals the large forces. I was also amused to see Bernstein's autograph on the front of the organist's score, seen right at the start of the first movement.
The 9th Symphony, recorded in Berlin in 1971, is very compelling, with an almost unbearably intense performance of the final Adagio. The camera focuses rather closely on Bernstein's expressions here and I must admit I was tempted to shut my eyes and just concentrate on the music. However, it is interesting to see the string players as they watch Bernstein carefully during the very slow coda.
The 6th receives a very fine performance, especially in the finale. This was the last symphony to be recorded, in 1976. Incidentally, Lenny is sporting a beard here, making him look bizarrely like Sean Connery.Read more ›
To hear Bernstein conduct Mahler is tremendous; to see him is positively wonderful. No-one could accuse him of not giving his all to realising the composer's intentions and these testaments to the art of real conducting show the blood, sweat (plenty of that in evidence) and tears that Lenny willingly gave to bring Mahler's compositions to life.
Bernstein cajoles the VPO (who, let us not forget, at this time in the late 60s/early 70s still regarded Mahler as a third rate composer), caresses them, summons up the creepy and often downright sinister Mahlerian aural landscapes and in climaxes sets a torch to the orchestral sound with such commitment and involvement the viewer really cannot sit dispassionately by, but is forced to join conductor, singers and and orchestra on their voyage of discovery.
DG have worked wonders on the image and the DTS sound is excellent (especially given the age of some of the films).
The bonus disc covers Lenny in rehearsal and is a fascinating document covering Das Lied von der Erde and the gut-wrenching 9th symphony and he talks absorbingly (swathed in cigarette smoke - marvellously un-PC!) about what Mahler meant to him and how he approaches the music.
If you love Mahler and don't buy this wonderful set while it's still available, you need cranial surgery.
Recommended wholeheartedly and without a moment's hesitation. Marvellous!
The DVDs are from live performances given in the 1970s and the picture shows its age in places, though the sound is very good for its vintage. This was probably Bernstein's golden age: the fiery young man had matured, but not to the level of some of the extended tempi that spoiled some of the recordings from his last decade. It is also worth noting that these performances were not conceived as a complete cycle, so were not performed chronologically, nor are they all with the same orchestra, though the Vienna Philharmonic has the lion's share.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bernstein and Mahler were kindred spirits bound by ethnicity/religion and music, naturally. Both shared a peculiar sensitivity - call it a heightened sense of otherness. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeremy Robson
Absolutely superb. This set of recordings from the late seventies have probably captured some of the finest performances of Mahler at a time when he was immensely popular. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Derek Vernon-morris
Bernstein was small in stature, but great in musicianship.I cannot fault these live performances, and both visually and in sound quality they are as good as one got in the 1970s. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Mr. K. H. Cobb
A fitting memorial to one of the greatest of Mahler conductors
I would recommend this to anyone who loves mahler and to those
approaching Mahler for the first time
Oh my! A complete set of Mahler symphonies conducted by legendary Leonard Bernstein on disc! The experience of watching these cannot be anything but good. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by Nicholas Casley
Once you start wathing any of them you can't stop anymore, they are so amazing and they all come in DTS format as well. Read morePublished on 15 May 2009 by MG