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Original Jacket Collection ~ Leonard Bernstein - Mahler: Symphony No. 7,etc. [Box set, Limited Edition]

Ludwig van Beethoven , George Gershwin / Aaron Copland , Franz Joseph Haydn , Charles Ives / Leonard Bernstein , Gustav Mahler / Jean Sibelius , Dmitry Shostakovich , New York Philharmonic Orchestra , Igor Stravinsky , Leonard Bernstein , Columbia Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, George Gershwin / Aaron Copland, Franz Joseph Haydn, Charles Ives / Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Mahler / Jean Sibelius, et al.
  • Audio CD (December 4, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • 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: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005T7RB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Overview of Bernstein's Art May 15, 2004
This collection not only provides a fascinating overview of the art of Leonard Bernstein, it also provides one with a fairly comprehensive view of what Lenny and the controversy surrounding his music making were all about.
All of the recordings here are with Bernstein conducting the New
York Philharmonic, which for my money, is by far the more interesting part of his career. As he got older, Lenny tended to go "molto" more often, take tempoes slower and, generally,
conduct with more self-indulgence than he did at this stage of things, when he was both more daring and more studious. The music contained here gives some idea of the range of Bernstein's
scope, and it is remarkable: from Haydn to Ives, from Beethoven
to Leonard Bernstein.
To start things off, there is one of the best performances of Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony on record, a wonderful document of just how excellent an orchestra the New York Philharmonic could be when they wanted to be. Lenny's reading of Beethoven's milestone score is both meticulous and passionate. You couldn't ask for anything more.
Disk 2 features two suites by the conductor as composer. The
suite from "On the Waterfront" fares better than the "Symphonic
Dances from West Side Story." It's hard to figure out why, but for some reason, the Philharmonic just refuses to swing through the overture ("Jet Song"), while handling all the other rythymic
intricacies in the score with incredible aplomb. The mambo section ("The Dance at the Gym") is particularly intense. Go figure! Just one more example of what a tempermental orchestra
the New York Philharmonic could be.
NOBODY ever conducted Aaron Copland's music better than Leonard
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 10-CD box of top Bernstein performances November 12, 2005
This mid-price "Original Jacket" set of classic Bernstien performances--most culled from the Sixties and all iwth the NY Phil.--could be put in a time capsule with a note: "These are the recordings that made Leonard Bernstien famous." I grew up with all of them, including the televized lecture on the Eroica. I have owned these performance since college, and this set includes some first-choice readings, basically all the CDs devoted to Copland, Gershwin, Sibelius, Haydn, Beethoven, and Stravinsky.

Reviewers here never tire of propagating the canard that LB was chiefly famous for his Mahler. Actually, he had a broad repertoire that he excelled in.

The only problem with this collection is the price. It would be hard to find a music lover who doesn't already own several of these CDs separately, so instead of paying $100 for a new copy, one should search eBay or the used department here at Amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SET + BERNSTEIN'S SACRE con RUBATO! June 11, 2009
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If asked, one would be hard pressed to come up with better choices to better represant Bernstein's legacy of recordings for Columbia - interpretations that better represented his art as a conductor. And in the case of one disc in this collection, as a composer as well.

This limited edition set - often selling used for under $50 here on amazon is hard to beat. Beautifully remastered, with a thrilling, legendary performance of Sacre du Printemps (that alone often sells for more than this entire set) - it presents a great Lenny NYP career retrospective. If your taste is whetted by the set, I suggest you explore the Bernstein Royal Edition series as well as the Bernstein Century series, both released by Sony.

My one cavil is with amazon's own description of the discs contained in the set, which incorrectly lists Bernstein's performance of Mahler's 5th symphony. It is, in fact, Bernstein's classic account of the 7th symphony, which is also pictured on the cover of this box set. While Mahler's 5th is generally regarded as one of Bernstein's lesser performances from the 1960s cycle, the performance of the 7th included here is rightfully regarded as being top-drawer, if not classic, Mahler.

Now about that Sacre. Stravinsky's own succinct response to hearing the performance: "Wow!" I couldn't agree more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How about a Volume Two? May 16, 2013
I haven't been able to put this box down since I acquired it a few weeks back. These ten were great on vinyl and are still great on CD. Rarely do I give kudos to record companies, but I feel that Sony actually got this one right. Everything from the jacket reproductions to the vintage Columbia labels printed on the CDs themselves is just fine. (The Beatles Mono box comes to mind in terms of presentation.) And although too small to read on the jackets, excerpts from the original liner notes are contained in the booklet that comes with the set, as well as recording dates, locations and photos. More importantly however, the sound of these classic recordings will put a smile on your face. Fantastic for their age.

While I enjoyed almost every interpretation contained in the set, highlights for me were the Stravinsky "Le Sacre", the Mahler 7th, the Copland disc, the Beethoven Eroica. The Sibelius 5th was surprising to me in as much as people often site Bernstein for imposing too much of his "personality" on the music. But while listening to the Sibelius, I almost forgot who it was that was conducting and just let it happen. Very nice.

So Sony, if you are listening, how about a Volume 2 of Leonard Bernstein's Original Jacket Collection? For me, it could include the fantastic Mahler 1st, a beautiful Dvorak New World Symphony, that wonderful album of "William Tell and other Overtures" (talk about an iconic cover!), perhaps his Beethoven 5th (with the lecture, of course), his Tchaikovsky 4th, the Strauss Don Quixote, the Wagner Orchestral Favorites disc (another great cover), maybe something from the (Robert) Schumann symphony cycle...My point being there are easily another ten LPs from this maestro and the New York Philharmonic. I suppose many have already opted for the Bernstein "Symphony Collection", pretty much rendering this and any other future Bernstein box sets redundant in more ways than one. But for now, I highly recommend this set.
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