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Bernstein: Symphonies No. 1 - Jeremiah, & No. 2 - The Age of Anxiety (Bernstein Century)

Jennie Tourel , Leonard Bernstein , New York Philharmonic Orchestra , Philippe Entremont Audio CD
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  • Performer: Philippe Entremont
  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (February 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00000I0W2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jeremiah Symphony No. 1: I. Prophecy
2. Jeremiah Symphony No. 1: II. Profanation
3. Jeremiah Symphony No. 1: III. Lamentation
4. The Age Of Anxiety Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra: Part One: a. The Prologue: Lento moderato
5. The Age Of Anxiety Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra: Part One: b: The Seven Ages: Variations 1 - 7
6. The Age Of Anxiety Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra: Part One: c. The Seven Stages: Variations 8 - 14
7. The Age Of Anxiety Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra: Part Two: a. The Dirge: Largo
8. The Age Of Anxiety Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra: Part Two: b. The Masque: Extremely Fast
9. The Age Of Anxiety Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra: Part Two: c. The Epilogue: Adagio; Andante; Con moto
10. I Hate Music! A Cycle Of Five Kid Songs For Soprano: I. Moderato
11. I Hate Music! A Cycle Of Five Kid Songs For Soprano: II. Allegretto vivace
12. I Hate Music! A Cycle Of Five Kid Songs For Soprano: III. Sostenuto; Allegro molto
13. I Hate Music! A Cycle Of Five Kid Songs For Soprano: IV. Con brio
14. I Hate Music! A Cycle Of Five Kid Songs For Soprano: V. Moderato, alla marcia; Andante
15. La Bonne Cuisine: I. Plum Pudding
16. La Bonne Cuisine: II. Queues de Boeuf (Ox-tails)
17. La Bonne Cuisine: III. Taveuk Gueunksis
18. La Bonne Cuisine: IV. Civet à Toute Vitesse (Rabbit at Top Speed)

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CD has 18 tracks. 1999 Sony Music Entertainment

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LB's best symphony--mournful, ironic, jazzy January 8, 2007
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After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his "Jeremiah" Sym., Bernstein remained in top form as a composer throughout the late Forties and Fifties. His 'Age of Anxiety' Sym. #2 is refeshingly jazzy, and Philippe Entremont plays as if to the manner born in the long piano solos. Both of LB's other symphonies capture a specifically Jewish-Biblical significance that meant much to the composer but hasn't worn well. The Age of Anxiety is more like his Ballet Fancy Free, a comment, wry and often witty, on modern city life. It captures Auden's mournful sophistication perfectly, even if you haven't read the poem that inspired the music.

One could ask for no better recording--LB's remake on DG is a contender but not the equal of this. Playing and recording are perfect. The two humorous song cycles sung by LB's great friend Jennie Tourel are a mere fillip to a CD that's stingy on timing but a gem otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting music September 26, 2008
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The Jeremiah Symphony, which I heard recently played by the Baltimore Symphony under Bernstein protego Marin Allsop, is a fascinating piece. Written when Bernstein was only 26, it shows astonishing assurance and mastery of the orchestra.
Divided into three movements, in the first we hear the prophet warning the people of Judea of impending disaster using a theme familiar from the daily Jewish liturgy. The second is in many ways the best movement based on the theme of the "haftorah" cantillation -- the excerpts from the writings of the prophets chanted in synagogues every Saturday. But how inventively Bernstein uses the material!
The final movement, after the disaster, features a soprano solo singing words from the Book of Lamentations.
Listening to this work I heard echoes of the later Bernstein but also of Copeland -- it is Jewish music but also American music. Strangely, I am chanting Jeremiah himself on the second day of the Jewish New Year this month. The selection is more upbeat. The prophet hears Rachel weeping for her dead children but tells her to dry her tears, assuring her that God will bring them back to Zion and Jerusalem, dancing with joy, old and young alike.
And so it came to pass.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among Lenny's Less Known but Highly Respectable Works! September 8, 2004
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Leonard Bernstein, an American icon and perhaps the best known conductor, composer, and music teacher from the New World, may be famous for his Broadway shows such as the entertaining out-of-the-war feeling "On the Town", and the fun and at the same time brooding story of New York's star-crossed "West Side Story". Give him some time though if you only know the "American" side of the composer.

He never threw away his Jewish heritage, and this first symphony "Jeremiah" enclosed in the CD is one of the prime examples of witnessing Lenny's musician expression as a Jew.

I love this symphony because despite it's musical complexity easy enough to tell it's 20th century genre, the sheer tragic theme of this piece is strong enough to make me bow down in tears. The piece is in three movements; first tells of Jeremiah's pleading to the people, the nailbiting second the corruption done by the people, and the third the lamentation of Jeremiah to Jerusalem, "ruined, pillaged, and dishonored after his desparate efforts to save it". Ms. Jennie Tourel sang brilliantly in the movement.

The second symphony "The Age of Anxiety" is another example of Lenny's serious and musically dark and modern side of music. Based on the poem by W.H. Auden with the same name, it will take you through this spiritual and moral journey.

I was quite charmed with Lenny's two easy song cycles "I Hate Music!" and "Four Recipes". And once again, kudos to Ms. Tourel. Just take a listen and you'll feel like you're a little innocent child again. The songs are as elementary and bright as a Mother Goose rhyme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Bernstein, Composer January 7, 2011
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There is a healthy resurgence of performances of the works of Leonard Bernstein, especially by the younger conductors who seem to be discovering his value afresh. But to be reminded of the impact of these works it is informative to return to the recoded performances by the composer himself. This re-issue by Sony gives us fine performances of the first two symphonies - the first symphony titled Jeremiah is a youthful work composed when he as 24 years of age. The initial spark for the work was a work called 'Lamentations' for voice and orchestra and that work, polished and revised, became the final (and most moving) movement in his symphony. The mezzo soprano role is performed here by Bernstein's long time friend Jennie Tourel (subsequent recordings placed Christa Ludwig in the role) and for some years it was felt that the symphony's success rested on the quality of the mezzo role: performances were scarce as not only is the role dramatic but it is sung in Hebrew and few artists were fond of tackling it. It is of great pleasure to realize that there is a new mezzo-soprano who has taken this role seriously - the very beautiful and enormously gifted Kelley O'Connor is currently singing the role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and will tour the work with the orchestra throughout Europe.

The Symphony #2 or The Age of Anxiety is also seeing a similar return to the stages of orchestra seasons. Here Bernstein conducts the 'piano concerto' symphony with Phillipe Entremont and it would be difficult to match the quality of this recorded performance, though Bernstein's own piano version and that of Hamelin are quite fine. The remained of this recoding is devoted to pastiche songs in which Bernstein and Tourel seem to be having a great time with the fluff. Grady Harp, January 11
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