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Lenny: the Legend Lives on- Leonard Bernstein Box set, Original recording remastered


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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, September 12, 2000
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  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman
  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004W5SI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are so many ways to discover the genius of Leonard Bernstein, it's really a question of where to begin. Give a listen to his monumental Mahler cycle, or start with something easier to grasp, his definitive recordings of Copland? On the six-CD Lenny: The Legend Lives On, Deutsche Grammophon does its best to capture the conductor's finest from his last decade (1981-1990), giving us the added bonus of a previously unreleased recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, with Lenny at the piano.

Not surprisingly, the set focuses on live material, but it begins on a somber note--Bernstein's final concert, recorded at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Gone is the impassioned energy that marks Lenny's earlier conducting, but the tension and electricity here on Beethoven's Seventh are unmistakable. Other discs feature Bernstein at full strength. Just listen to his sublimely warm recording of Mozart's Great Mass in C minor (K. 427) with the Bavarian Radio Chorus, or his expressive take on Mahler's Fifth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic. You also get your fill of Americana--Lenny playing Rhapsody in Blue and, of course, conducting Appalachian Spring. These may lack the passion of his younger recordings for Sony, but they're still thoughtful, great performances. The bonus disc with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 and the Vienna Philharmonic is a special treat for Bernstein lovers. At times, the orchestra sounds a bit tentative, but Lenny is in fine form--slightly more subdued than on his earlier recording of the piece with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, but still plenty playful. Any way you look at it, this is an incredible bargain for this much music and a wonderful introduction to the conducting great. --Jason Verlinde

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2005
This collection is a jewel, I cannot believe this price for such a great music.

The Symphony No. 7 sounds majestic in the last concert, the 4 Sea interludes from Britten are beatiful, The Mozart Mass in C minor its full of Lenny energy, and Rhapsody in Blue where Bernstein plays and conduct is sublime

All the recording are live, and you can feel the energy that Lenny past to you from the music

Truly a must have!!!
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