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Bernstein/ Beethoven (2008)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra , Concertgebouw Orchestra , Leonard Bernstein  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Directors: Leonard Bernstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 664 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E4IXY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bernstein/ Beethoven" on IMDb

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"Conducted with intense dedication and soaring spirits by Mr. Bernstein, these recordings are superb, both visually and aurally." -- The New York Times

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In remembrance of his 90th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon releases a magnificent 7-DVD box set with Leonard Bernstein conducting and talking about the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. From splendid places in Vienna and Amsterdam, Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. This ambitious and accomplished box includes all of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies, the piano concertos with Krystian Zimerman, the monumental Missa solemnis and overtures together with the string quartet op. 131, excerpts from The Creatures of Prometheus and the choral fantasy op. 80.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The very first integrated set of Beethoven symphonies that I ever acquired was an eight LP boxed set released by Columbia Records featuring Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. It was the Beethoven bicentennial year and the first liturgical performance of Beethoven's brilliant Missa Solemnis had just occurred in the Vatican with Pope Paul in attendance. The composer had dreamt of just such a performance whilst engaged in the Missa's composition. How proud he would have been that his Mass had finally been received in the setting for which he had composed it with such hope and excitement.

Beethoven is a titan whose genius bestrides the 18th and 19th Centuries. He is both the apotheosis of the Classical era in music as well as the great progenitor of Romanticism. For two centuries conductors have emphasized one aspect of his musical personality while merely acknowledging the other; rarely mingling both in a single musical alloy. Conductors tend to project their own musical personalities into their performance of the symphonies. In most cases either the Apollonian or the Dionysian aspects of the symphonies are emphasized. It is rare that both traits are given equal weight in performance because few conductors are blessed with the necessary musical schizophrenia to make it work. Leonard Bernstein was one of the few conductors for whom the complexities of Beethoven's multi-faceted musical character presented little difficulty.

This seven DVD collection of Beethoven's major orchestral works - including the Missa Solemnis - contains all of the positive aspects of Bernstein's approach to Beethoven. If you are familiar with Bernstein's recordings of Haydn, all of the same Classical poise and boisterous wit that he finds in Haydn's music can be found here as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A symphony in your home March 9, 2013
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I bought this as a present for my mother. I find it fascinating to watch his brilliance rather than simply listening to the music.
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