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  • Audio CD (27 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JQGT
  • 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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Format: Audio CD
Great fun with Lenny Bernstein - he seems to relish this kind of music and you can't help being carried forward (and out of your seat during the Offenbach Overture can can) with it. Amazing sound given the age of the recording.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x98f4bc18) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x9ab0ea54) out of 5 stars Joyful and infectious Bernstein ! 1 Feb. 2003
By Jeffrey Lee - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you've been on a consistent diet of "heavy" works lately, the Bizet Symphony just might offer the best chaser. Its winsome, light, bracing qualities can produce a sigh and a warm smile. And the performance that most immediately and best puts one in the right mood is Bernstein's. From the first to the last emphatic chord, his joie de vivre approach is in evidence. It is there in the quieter as well as the boisterous moments, and for me, makes this the interpretation of choice, despite some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Beecham, Munch, Ansermet and Stokowski. After Bernstein, I prefer Munch and Stokowski, however, the latter's performance on cd does not sound as good as his same performance on cassette or lp. Beecham, of course, has been highly praised, and he does offer a very well played account, but I find he does not convey consistently the kind of elan Bernstein does. Aside from the symphony, Bernstein gives us exciting and colorful renditions of Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne and Orpheus in the Underworld and Suppe's Beautiful Galatea Overture. A fine investment overall for your musical "sweet tooth".
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9901ac00) out of 5 stars I'LL LET YOU IN ON A SECRET..... 23 April 2009
By Gengler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bernstein's performance of Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne is my guilty pleasure. Yes, the Bizet is wonderful, but I grew up with the old Arthur Fiedler recording of the was the first piece of "classical" music that I remember hearing as a kid. I may collect complete sets of the Beethoven piano sonatas now, but it's Gaite Parisienne that re-kindles those long lost moments of childhood innocence and discovery.

Bernstein outdoes Fiedler in interpretation, making this music sound better than it actually is. Oh hell - it's wonderful - and Lenny always was good with the schmaltz!

The Bizet and Suppe and great too - this disc, selling for about 5 bucks on amazon - will bring immense enjoyment to most folks who need a break from Mahler, Beethoven string quartetes, and Alkan's piano concerto.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a loved one, and enjoy! The 1960s Columbia sound is OK, with its usual limitations. Still, I wouldn't trade this recording for all the Telarcs in the catalogue. There's joy in these tracks (er, bits). Doubt it? Try track 5 - the track 12, the famous Can-Can. If you can't see Lenny swaying his hips and smiling while conducting, you've been listening to WAY too much Bruckner.

(Was there any other conductor whose conducting could put a smile on your face? - God love ' im.)

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HASH(0x993c7da4) out of 5 stars Belle Epoch Offenbach at its best 7 Jun. 2009
By Peter T. Wolf - Published on
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I agree with the previous reviewer that this is simply the best Offenbach Gaite Parisienne there is. Bernstein lets it rip and makes it sound better than its ever been. All real noisy with lots of frills and thrills, the orchestra barely under control. The recording is sharp and clear. This performance has all the sound of what it must have been like in a boisterous music hall of Gay 90's Paris.
When Bernstein is on his game there is no one better. Same with his Beethoven First (him at the keyboard) and Fifth Piano Concerto's and his Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet.
By TASTravel - Published on
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A great recording! Bizets First Symphony long hidden from the public is brought vividly to our hearing in this recording. Another bonus is the Offenbach Gaite Parisienne, bright, bouncy and familiar. Truly a recording fit for multiple playings!
HASH(0x98fd0594) out of 5 stars Made for the music lover 7 Aug. 2014
By Loves to Knit - Published on
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A marriage for the music lover: Bernstein conducting the wonderful symphony in C major by Bizet. This alone is worth the purchase.
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