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Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition Box set


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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.

As composer, he created a body of works extraordinarily diverse in form and style: for example, three symphonies (Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety and Kaddish) the ... Read more in Amazon's Leonard Bernstein Store

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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Jean Sibelius, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 22, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 60
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Alliance
  • ASIN: B003Z9Q4WG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Leonard Bernstein The Symphony Edition brings together all of the conductor's symphonic recordings with the New York Philharmonic from 1953 to 1976. Comprising 60 CDs in an LP- size format, this limited-edition box set includes a 32-page large- format book with extensive essays by Klaus Geitel and Wolfgang Stahr, together with numerous illustrations. It allows listeners to experience the fascinating world of the symphony in all its variety in magnificent recordings by one of the most charismatic conductors of all time.

Selections:
Ludwig Van Beethoven-The Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Hector Berlioz-Symphonic Fantastique
Leonard Bernstein-The Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Georges Bizet-Symphony in C
Marc Blitzstein-The Airborne Symphony
Johnannes Brahms-The Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-4
Anton Bruckner-Symphony No. 9
Carlos Chavez-Sinfonia India
Aaron Copland-SUymphony for Organ and Orchestra Symphony Nos. 3
David Diamond-Symphony No. 4
Atonin Dvorak-Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9
Cesar Franck-Symphony in D minor
Karl Goldmark-Rustic Wedding Symphony
Roy Harris-Symphony No. 3
Joseph Haydn-Symphonies Nos. 82-88,93-104
Paul Hindemith-Symphony in E-flat
Charles Ives-Symphonies Nos. 2&3
Franz Liszt-A Faust Symphony
Gustav
Felix Mendelssohn-Symphonies Nos. 3-5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Symphonies Nos. 36,39-41
Carl Nielsen-Symphonies Nos. 2-5
Sergei Prokofiev-Symphonies Nos. 1&5
Albert Roussel-Symphony No. 3
Camille Saint-Saens-Symphony No. 3
Franz Schubert-Symphony Nos. 5,8&9
Robert Schumann-The Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-4
William Schuman-Symphonies Nos. 3,5&8
Harold Shapero-Symphony for Classical Orchestra
Igor Straginsky-Symphonies of Psalms
Dmitri Shostankovich-Symphonies Nos. 1,5-7, 9&14
Jean Sibelus-The Complete Symphonies Nos. 7
Peter Tchaikovsky-The Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-7
Ralph Vaughan Williams-Symphony No. 4

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The 5th in particular is simply an outstanding performance.
Jeff V.
The quality and the breadth of this box set make it a wonderful way to start or quickly expand and a top-tier classical music collection.
Christopher Chalfant
I'd be very interested at how other buyers of this set have assessed the audio mastering compared with prior CD or LP issues.
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145 of 152 people found the following review helpful By John Van Note on November 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
At long, long last, SONY-CBS has released its LEONARD BERNSTEIN SYMPHONY EDITION, following at least a good month and a half postponement from its originally scheduled date!

The release of this CBS-Sony box set to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the maestro's passing in 1990 promises to be a generous feast of sixty compact discs. What immediately comes to my mind here as a haunting reminder is the thirty eight DG Herbert von Karajan SYMPHONIES EDITION, released to commemorate the centennial anniversary of that conductor's birth year 2008, in 2009. That set included complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Bruckner, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky, together with Haydn's six "Paris" and twelve "London" Symphonies, together with Mozart's 32, "Haffner," "Linz," "Prague," the great Nos. 39, 40, and "Jupiter." All of these DG recordings do not quite approach the width and depth of Bernstein in their box. DG released a complete HvK Edition of some 200 discs in Japan, of all places. I cannot imagine why they did not make a wider, more global circulation. Also, to mark that event, there were two EMI mega boxes released to commemorate HvK on 160 discs: an orchestral box and an operas box.

Many of the recordings included in this comprehensive Lenny box are recordings upon which I can be said to have "cut my classical music teeth" back in the late 60s-early 1970s with their original LP record incarnations. Back then, I devoured the Mahler, Franck, Nielsen, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and the Schumann. Particularly memorable were the Haydn "Paris" Symphonies, which even until and through this day, despite all manner of digital sound reproduction technique, I would stand Lenny's renditions of them, all of them, up against anyone else`s here.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Liu Jianying on November 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
A simply awesome Leonard Bernstein collection!

This is an exclusively pure symphony music edition and I bought it recently from amazon.de who is the pioneer among all the amazons to release it. My audition is almost completed and the experience has been very pleasant so far; and as you know, it'll take some time to go through all 60 discs in this magic box.

Along with the CDs, there is also a beautiful photo album, which presents not only many working pictures but also some pleasant life moments of this master.

You can find satisfactorily complete symphony cycles from such giants as Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schumann, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein himself, together with symphonies from other great composers.

The taping spans late fifties through early seventies in last century, an era of analogue recording prosperity. Undoubtedly, Bernstein was at the peak of his career and Sony/CBS also in its golden days when these recording sessions were taken. The performances, mostly played by New York Philharmonic, are excellent; the sounds are equally marvelous: warm, spacious, atmospheric and dynamic, well done in both original recordings and CD transfers.

Only the two cycles of complete symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler are absolutely worth the price, to say nothing of those awesome renditions on Berlioz, Copland, Dvorak, Haydn, Ives, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and many more. I would like to single out the 1963 rendition of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Bernstein presents this widely known masterpiece in a so unique but charming way that you have an illusion of hearing it for the first time ever. This is a simply persuasive performance.

It's really a steal at this price level on amazons.
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105 of 115 people found the following review helpful By David Alt. on December 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic value and worth more than the price asked, but the packaging is so unusual that buyers should know about it before purchase:
This will NOT fit into your CD shelves, it looks designed for coffee table display and the awkwardness may leave it as seldom used as most coffee table books.
The huge box is about 12" x 12". Lift the lid to find 4 stacks of 15 CDs in thicker-than-usual cardboard sleeves. All but a handful of the symphonies are in near-alphabetical order so by looking at the top 4 CDs you can usually know which stack to sort through to find the symphony you want (assuming you went to private school and know your alphabet). If you actually use this box as often as Bernstein's talent deserves you will have to apply constant effort to avoid CD anarchy.
Since the cardboard sleeves, surprisingly, have each CD's works printed in minuscule type on the side, you have the imperfect option of taking all the CDs out and distributing them on your shelves among your jewel cases composer-by-composer, leaving the empty box on your coffee table.

Included is a large 4-language book with excellent photos and essays, but recording data, track listings and timings are only printed on each CD sleeve in small print on hard-to-read white print on black background which discriminates against eyes older than 45 years and should be prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The paper used for the book and sleeves is non-glossy so it will absorb and show oil from hands and will not look new after some use.
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