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listen  1. Fanfare For The Common Man (excerpted from the 4th movement of Symphony No. 3) (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Adagio For Strings, Op. 11 (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 9:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. An American In Paris (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein18:23Album Only
listen  4. I - Aria (Cantilena) from Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 for Soprano and Eight Cellos (Vocal)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Finale from The Firebird Suite (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fantasia On Greensleeves (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. III - On The Trail from Grand Canyon Suite (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rhapsody In Blue (Instrumental)Columbia Symphony Orchestra;Leonard Bernstein16:25Album Only
listen  9. Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Shaker Song from Appalachian Spring Ballett (Instrumental)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027CR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is indeed an excellent collection of pieces to show off the imminent talents and insights of Leonard Bernstein as a conductor...but also to show some of the limits... If Bernstein is interested -- and ENTHUSIASTIC -- about a composer or a particular piece, he can bring that vitality and interest into a sharp focus and deliver immensely grand and insightful interpretations to the piece...if, however, he is simply "performing" the piece with an orchestra...without the inspiration and the enthusiasm, his interpretations seem hollow and full of affectation or bluster...trying to "force" the piece to be signifcant or worth his time to "have to" fool with it... On this particular album, I believe the Barber "Adagio," the Grofe "On the Trail," the Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue" excerpt, and the Copland "Simple Gifts" -- excerpt from *Appalachian Spring* qualify for the inspired and interested category...while the Copland "Fanfare for the Common Man" falls into the bluster; the Gershwin "An American in Paris" falls into uninspired...along with the orchestral accompaniment to the Villa-Lobos, the Vaughn-Williams "Greensleeves," and the Rachmaninoff "18th Variation" from "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"... For truly beautiful, inspired, and virtuoso violin playing, David Nadien in the "Fantasia on Greensleeves" and John Corigliano, Sr., in the "On the Trail" are
incredible...unfortunately Nadien gets the uninspired orchestral context from Bernstein...while Corigliano, Sr., gets the interested, alert, inventive Bernstein...at least that is what my listening sense says to me... perhaps it will be different for you... ...different ears, different tastes, and different points of focus cause aesthetic criticism to be very interesting ...but not always a reliable guide for individual satisfaction...
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By A Customer on January 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD to have to your collection. Not only is it [a good price], but it's performed by one of the best orchestras out there. Good sound, good selections. And anything conducted by Bernstein has to be good. It's one of my favorites
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All of the songs (composers) I was looking for with the greatest conductor and orchestra. How could you not have this in your personal library? Looking forward to teaching 20th Century Music next year now that I own this.
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A good example of some of the modern day composers and samples of their music. Very nice stuff!! I enjoyed this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary R. Mitchell on February 29, 2000
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There's a lot of good music here. My favorite is Stravinsky's Finale from The Firebird Suite...just when it seems it can't build up to any more of a climax, it does! For a more relaxed or contemplative mood there's the lovely Fantasia on Greensleeves. The last track is "Simple Gifts" an excerpt from Copland's fantastic tone poem Appalachian Spring. This CD has something for everyone interested in modern classical music--a fine sampling.
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