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Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace: The Conductor [Original recording remastered]

Leonard Bernstein Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000AQS3R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. IV. Finale: Allegro Con Fuoco
2. Finale
3. From Part Two: The Sacrifice 'Sacrificial Dance' (The Chosen Victim)
4. II. La Flute Enchantee
5. III. Presto
6. I. Allegro
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. IV. Finale. Allegro
2. El Salon Mexico
3. IV. Finale. Vivace
4. Batuque (Finale From 'Reisado Do Pastoreio')
5. IV. Allegro Molto
6. I. Allegro Con Brio
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Disc: 3
1. VI. Agnus Dei: Dona Nobis Pacem
2. Facciamo Il Parentado...Tutto Nel Mondo E Burla
3. Semper Fidelis
4. Tuba Mirum
5. III. Allegretto Grazioso
6. IV. Molto Deliberato
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Music from Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah"; Symphony No. 2, "Age of Anxiety"; Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish"; Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra ; songs from On the Town; Peter Pan; Fancy Free and Candide ; the original Broadway recording of West Side Story , and more!

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As you can see from the track listing provided by Amazon, this is a 3 disc set containing (mostly) a number of single movements from longer performances of complete works (there are a couple of complete works - see below). It is a selection of performances that was put together in order to provide an overview and introduction to Bernstein's conducting accomplishments, and was released by Sony in 2003 to commemorate what would have been Bernstein's 85th birthday (not to waste any possible anniversary, that).

The earliest of the performances is La Flûte enchantée from Shéhérazade (Three songs for Voice and Orchestra), recorded in 1950 (in mono but the sound is very good), and the latest is from 1976 (Falla: El Amor Brujo - The Magic Circle, Song Of The Fisherman).

The complete compositions included on the discs are: Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question; Aaron Copland's El Salón México; and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". The last performance was recorded at the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn, NY, and Bernstein both conducted the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and performed on the piano.

The performances are quite good, enthusiastic and the recording quality throughout is excellent.

The three CD's are packaged nicely with a small booklet listing details of each selection including performance venue and dates, and with a short essay written by Maurice Peress, who was Bernstein's assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic beginning in 1961, and collaborated with Bernstein frequently thereafter.

The discs include one composition that I had not heard before. On disc 2, there is a performance of Reisado Do Pastoreio - Batuque by the Brazilian composer Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez that is nice.
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