Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus - The Historic TV Broadcasts
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"Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein" is a four-disc set containing seven shows aired between 1954 and 1958 that feature Mr. Bernstein's enthusiastic lecture/performances about classical and other forms of music. Bernstein was equally at home with classical music and musical theater. He wrote the scores for "West Side Story" and "On the Town" and was the longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
His "Omnibus" debut was "Beethoven's Fifth Symphony" (broadcast live on CBS, November 14, 1954). Other shows include "The World of Jazz," "American Musical Comedy," "Introduction to Modern Music," "The Music of J.S. Bach," "The Art of Conducting," and "What Makes Opera Grand?" The shows are the kind of fare that today can only be seen on PBS. The TV audience of millions were both entertained and educated by Bernstein's spirited programs. Clearly, he loved his subjects and his energy and passion come through, even in black and white on the small screen. Extras include a bonus performance of Handel's "Messiah" and a 24-page booklet with contributions written by music critic John Rockwell.
Bernstein's first appearance on the show was in 1954 with a fascinating half hour on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. In it, Bernstein explores Beethoven's notebooks to discover what changes Beethoven made to his most famous composition before he decided it was ready for prime time. It's really quite interesting to hear an orchestra play what were early drafts of the Fifth.
It's just as interesting to see this young, dark-haired Bernstein, already a star, athletically urging the orchestra on, singing (a good singing voice was one of the few musical gifts the Maestro did not possess), playing the piano and organ, conducting, even sneaking a cigarette now and then. His manner is professorial and enthusiastic, an engaging combination. He seems to genuinely want to share what he loves about music, and although he indulges in a bit of showing off now and then, it never comes off as condescending.
As someone who knows next to nothing about the study of music, I found this set educational, but not always in the way Bernstein intended. I learned a lot from the Beethoven episode, and the shows about Bach and jazz. Sometimes we end up learning more about Bernstein's preferences than anything else. In the show about opera, he contrasts operatic scenes from La Boheme with the same scenes, but done as theater, without music.Read more ›
"West Side Story" - an amazing talent.
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I remember these broadcasts from my childhood. Fascinating, informative, and accessible. The one on jazz is especially meaningful to me because it unlocked this genre of music... Read morePublished 16 days ago by L. Brannel
Gift for my father in law and he likes it a lot. Shipping was exceptional. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Netter
The Omnibus programs in the 1950's (I was born in '48) either caused or tapped into my love of the arts and music but I remember them fondly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karlius
AGAIN, lITS LEONARD BERNSTEIN! AWSUM. A GENIUS OF OUR TIME. A MUST HAVE. 😃Published 12 months ago by Belinda
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She sings a song from Cole Porter's "DuBarry Was a Lady", a song that was omitted from the movie version. There are also partial renditions of "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "Some Enchanted Evening", as well as tiny bits from other musicals. He talks a lot about... Read More
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