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His most popular works from broadway, film and the concert stage. Including, West Side Story, Candide, On The Town, Fancy Free, Wonderful Town and On The Waterfront.

Disc: 1
1. Prologue - Los Angeles Philharmonic
2. Somewhere: Adagio - Los Angeles Philharmonic
3. Scherzo: Vivace Leggerio - Los Angeles Philharmonic
4. Mambo: Presto - Los Angeles Philharmonic
5. Cha-Cha: Andantino Con Grazia - Los Angeles Philharmonic
6. Meeting Scene: Meno Mosso - Los Angeles Philharmonic
7. Cool Fugue: Allegretto - Los Angeles Philharmonic
8. Rumble: Molto Allegro - Los Angeles Philharmonic
9. Finale: Adagio - Los Angeles Philharmonic
10. A Musical Toast
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Disc: 2
1. Overture - London Symphony Orchestra
2. Best Of All Possible Worlds - Della Jones
3. Oh Happy Me - June Anderson
4. Glitter And Be Gay - June Anderson
5. I Am Easily Assimilated (Old Lady's Tango) - Christa Ludwig
6. Make Our Garden Grow - Della Jones
7. Big Stuff (Blues)
8. Opening Dance - Enter Three Sailors
9. Scene At The Bar
10. Enter Two Girls
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  • Performer: Rebecca Luker, June Anderson, Adolph Green, Jerry Hadley, Della Jones, et al.
  • Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein, John Owen Edwards
  • Composer: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005OKSJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A musician of unparalleled versatility, Leonard Bernstein achieved worldwide renown in a career spanning nearly five decades - as an inspiring conductor and teacher, as a wide-ranging composer and author, as a gifted pianist.

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I enjoyed the 3rd, 6th, 7th, & 9th symphonies.
David Henning
Whether you only listen to them once a year, or all the time...this set is a must have for anyone who truly wants to experience classical music to its fullest.
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Those who wish to read more about this set in its remastered glory are referred to the Arkiv Music website.
The Aeolian

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There was an uncertainty as to which remasterings this box contained. The website of Sonymusic Germany (that's dot de) indicates that these are "2008 remasterings", which hinted to the fact that this is a budget reissue of the Carnegie Hall remasterings, Mahler: Complete Symphonies (Carnegie Hall Presents), "first-time remixed and mastered from original multi-track analog tapes". That set is copyrighted 2009, but one could suppose that the remasterings were done indeed the year before. Further pointers were that this new set has Bernstein's first version of symphony No. 2 with Lee Venora and Jennie Tourel, like the Carnegie Hall set (he remade it in the mid 70s with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sheila Armstrong and Janet Baker). It also adds Kindertotenlieder (Bernstein's second recording, with Janet Baker, the first one was with Jennie Tourel in 1960) which was not on the Carnegie Hall remastering, and that does NOT appear on Sonymusic's website as "2008 remastered". Also, comparing a few audio samples on Sony deutschland's website to my own Carnegie Hall discs, they certainly sounded the same (although, with such samples, you can never be sure how accurate a notion they give of the genuine sonics). The only puzzling factor was that Sonymusic dot de does not indicate the "2008 remastering" for the 6th Symphony, and the matter got further confused in the ensuing discussion that you can follow in the "comments" section, when customer R. Lane mentioned that "item descriptions for this set on Japanese sites quote Sony that the CDs are made using the 2009 DSD masters that were created for the incredibly expensive Japanese SACD releases that same year".Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Stenroos on August 19, 2012
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There's no need for me to go into a review of any length on this set as others have already done an excellent job of it.

I can offer my unqualified recommendation for this set, which is now available at a ridiculously low budget price. The sound is incredible, natural and spectacular. I very much prefer this Sony cycle to Bernstein's DG remakes, which lack the objectivity he brought to his earlier recordings.

Grab this before someone figures out they could be charging twice the price without ill abusing consumers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Martin on August 18, 2012
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Now that nearly everyone around the Amazon water cooler seems confident that this incredibly low-priced set incoroprates the much-lauded "Carnegie Hall" remasterings, I have to say, I'm so glad I puchased for it if only for the original jacket art included with each CD (now I hope no one is going to carp that the liner notes on the gate-fold CDs are missing..but the CDs are a bear to remove from the cardboard sleeves - a little too snug). Having this particular set is *almost* like owning the leather-boxed LP set of from the mid-70s. At that time (I was running a classical music record store at that time), the set was retailing for around $100 - a pretty astronomical amount for a clerk's salary even with my paltry discount! So I passed on it, but this set is pretty satisfying because it has the wonderful remasterings that I'm confident leave the original LPs in dust (without, admittedly, an A-B comparison), and supersedes the "Bernstein Century" releases. I'm only disappointed that it doesn't include the 2nd Symphony with the LSO and Janet Baker (I'll have to keep my "Bernstein Century" for that one including some duplication). I don't know why Bernstein was so enamored with Jennie Tourel. I understand she was a dear friend, but certainly there were more exciting mezzos available in New York at the time of the recording. It's a small cavaet: the sum is greater than the parts. As an addendum, I would suggest that anyone interested in Bernstein's Sony cycle and great performances, also purchase his 70s "Das Lied von der Erde". It is a beautiful performance and I would go so far as to say one of the great ones - and it is has been lovingly remastered. Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde - and new copies are available for under $5. Bravo Sony!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Aeolian on September 16, 2012
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After comparing the recordings in this edition with their counterparts in the 2001 edition of this sterling set, I'll add my attestation to the improved quality of the sound.

This latest remastering leaves this listener with the sense that the original recording venue has, in a virtual sense, been shifted to Carnegie Hall. There is a fuller depth in the sound "stage"; there is more air around each orchestral and choral voice, which improves the clarity of the performances; the sometimes cringe-inducing glare of the strings in the upper registers has been softened; the bass has more presence. Overall there is an almost indefinable sense of the sound having been polished. The works with choral writing have particularly benefited from the improvement: the sections in the tutti passages in the Eighth Symphony, for instance, are more distinct, raising the comparative quality of this recording several notches.

Those who might feel deprived because this edition doesn't have the Das Lied von der Erde with the Israel Philharmonic needn't. In any event, as noted elsewhere on this page, that recording can be had for a reasonable price.

This remastering keeps this set central in the classical music catalog: at this price it is the ideal choice for anyone who is becoming acquainted with the Mahler oeuvre; still essential for classical music collectors.

Those who wish to read more about this set in its remastered glory are referred to the Arkiv Music website.
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