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Little Drummer Boy: Essay on Mahler by Leonard Bernstein (2007)

Janet Baker , Christa Ludwig , Leonard Bernstein  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig, Edith Mathis, Lucia Popp, Walton Groenroos
  • Directors: Leonard Bernstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Philips
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QCQ71S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This documentary about Mahler features Leonard Bernstein including excerpts from Mahler's symphony and song cycles.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn at the feet of the master April 2, 2008
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Wow!--I just finished watching "The Little Drummer Boy."
Previously I had thought that I knew quite a bit about Gustav Mahler, but Leonard Bernstein showed me more.

What Bernstein does is show you--through biographical commentary and excerpts from Mahler's music--just what it was that made this masterful composer and conductor so obsessed with Life and Death.

Yes, part of it was Mahler's being born Jewish, and part was seeing so many of his brothers and sisters die so early in life. But Bernstein shows us how Mahler was, like most of us, striving to try to come to terms with life--to understand why death has to come and deprive us of the joys of life.

To give you an idea of how concrete, knowledgeable and specific this program is, Lenny takes a few minutes, using musical excerpts, to illustrate how there is a funeral march in each of Mahler's nine symphonies.

If you like Mahler, and would like to understand him better, get a friend to watch this with you, and learn at the feet of the master. This one is a must for those who love Mahler or Bernstein!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mahler & Bernstein March 4, 2009
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Leonard Bernstein knew Mahler's music incredibly well. Bernstein was also one of the the best musical educators to have lived. I have a deeper appreciation of Mahler and his own life experiences that shaped his music thanks to Lenny. View this first, then view his recorded dvd performances of the Mahler symphonies. Listen and be moved. This is great music and Bernstein has made it more approachable, meaningful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent present August 17, 2010
By rks
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I bought this video as a present for a friend who enjoys Mahler's music. There are many videos out there featuring Mahler but this one has a unique flair to it due to Bernstein's participation.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Drummer Boy' May 10, 2010
By H. Karp
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This is a riveting review of of many aspects of Mahler's life of which I had only surmised completely without data. I recommend this for anyone that thinks of themselves as a "Mahelerian".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None February 24, 2011
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Superlative production featuring one of the last century's preeminent music educators. Lenny's musical examples are superb and greatly aid intelligent listening of challenging music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciating Mahler April 20, 2011
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Bernstein has done a beautiful job of explaining Mahler's internal struggle for self acceptance. In his usual, succinct manner Bernstein brings the viewer into Mahler's workroom; clearly explaining how Mahler marshalls his incredible musical and intellectual forces to express his innermost feelings in musical terms. The genius that Mahler's unusual and infinitely unique orchestration is outlined and made relevant by Bernstein's marvelous ability to fuse thought and musical examples. Mahler,the person,comes alive and human with all the traits that make him no different than any of his countless admirers. This essay is significant to Mahlerites on all levels. Highly recommended.
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