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listen  1. Allegro molto con brio from "Overture to Candide"Leonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Prologue - Allegro moderatoNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": "Somewhere" - AdagioLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Scherzo - Vivace leggieroLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Mambo - PrestoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Cha-Cha ("Maria") - Andantino con graziaLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Meeting Scene - Meno mossoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": "Cool" Fugue - AllegrettoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Rumble - Molto allegroLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": Finale - AdagioLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Symphonic Suite from the Film On The Waterfront: Andante (with dignity) - Presto barbaro Presto barbaroLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Symphonic Suite from the Film On The Waterfront: Adagio - Allegro molto agitato - Alla breve (Poco più mosso) - Presto come primaLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Andante largamente - More Flowing - Still More Flowing - Poco meno mosso - LentoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Symphonic Suite from the Film On The Waterfront: Moving Forward, with Warmth - Largamente - A tempo - Calmato - Andante come prima - Sempre avanti, With Intensity - Ancora più mossoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Allegro non troppo, molto marcato - Poco più sostenuto - Moving Forward - Meno mossoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Symphonic Suite from the Film On The Waterfront: A tempoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Fancy Free Ballet: I. Enter Three SailorsLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Fancy Free Ballet: II. Scene at the BarLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Fancy Free Ballet: III. Enter Two GirlsLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Fancy Free Ballet: IV. Pas de deuxLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Fancy Free Ballet: V. Competition SceneLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Fancy Free Ballet: VI. Three Dance Variations: Variation I (Galop)Leonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Fancy Free Ballet: Variation II (Waltz)Leonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Variation III (Danzon)Leonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. VII. FinaleLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029XI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This release comes from Sony's immense backlog of famous recordings of Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. In fact, these works trace the evolution of the New York Philharmonic into a world-class orchestra in the late 1950s under Bernstein's hand. At this remove in time, we can almost hear New York in these works. Bernstein deftly captures the shimmering glamour of his music, particularly in Overture to Candide and the astonishing Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. If you don't own this music--and these performances--you should. --Paul Cook

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Westside Story and On the Waterfront + the Oveture from Candide, and others.
Eraina
I bought this CD for this particular (remastered) performance of the Candide Overture, but the total number of tracks makes this a great value.
G. R. Welsh
This recording of the "Candide" overture is probably one of the best versions out there -- certainly the best I've heard.
T. Fisher

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Blumhofer on July 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My initial encounter with the Candide overture was a result of my blundering into a recording of it on the radio one day. The performance turned out to be this one (the first of Bernstein's two readings of it), and having heard several other attempts at it since, I've always found this early '60s version to be the definitive edition. It's breathtakingly quick and the NYPO plays it with such panache and joie de vivre that every other recording (including LB's 1989 run-through with the London Symphony) comes off sounding stale and flat. This disc also contains Bernstein's only recording of the Symphonic Dances from WSS, and here, too, I feel that I have found my definitive reading. The "Mambo" is frenetic, the percusion riffs at the climax of "Cool" are phenomenal, and the last "I have a love..." movement is gorgeous. The score to "On the Waterfront" was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost; this music is still wonderful and very worthy to hear. "Fancy Free" was written by a 25-year old LB in 1944 and is the piece which established him as a composer. From the first four quick rim-shots to the final chords, it's the most endearing, energetic picture of on the go, wartime NY you can imagine. Once again it's the definitive recording: nobody has proven that they can top Lenny and the Philharmonic yet.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Schmalz on February 8, 2008
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This is a fantastic CD, featuring film and theater music composed by the American legend, Leonard Bernstein. The recordings were made with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of the composer, from 1960 to 1963. It opens with the "Overture to Candide" (and what an opening!). The sound is so good that you cannot tell it was recorded almost fifty years ago. The brass instruments are blaring, the percussion knocks your socks off, and the strings and woodwinds have a most realistic presence. Bernstein's account of the Symphonic Suite from "West Side Story" has never sounded better. The NYPO truly captures the excitement and rhythm of these short, and unforgettable pieces.

Bernstein's only film score was for Elia Kazan's Academy Award winning, 1954 blockbuster, "On the Waterfront." This soundtrack, however, is quite different from others. It can stand independent from film and be a concert piece - this is truly marvelous music. The CD closes with Bernstein's ballet, "Fancy Free", and three bonus tracks from "On the Town." All in all, the music is classically American, and pure Bernstein. Sonically, the recording is one of the best in my collection - highly recommendable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hodges on November 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If I had to choose five recordings to represent Leonard Bernstein at his absolute best, this would be one of them. Made in the mid-1960's, these recordings have been reissued a number of times, but never sounding as natural as they do here. They show off some of Bernstein's best work as a composer, as well as his inimitable conducting talent and legendary rapport with the New York Philharmonic during that time.
The disc opens with the rollicking overture to "Candide" - totally infectious - and although some other versions (including Bernstein's later one for Deutsche Grammophon) may be its equal, I can think of none that surpass this one in sheer excitement and precision. Ditto for the sizzling suite from "West Side Story," which will probably remain definitive for many years.
The sweeping music from the film "On the Waterfront" is stirringly conducted, and the addition of the sparkling ballet "Fancy Free" makes this disc a serious contender for many "Desert Island" lists. As for the recording itself, the 1960's sound is excellent and quite listenable. Obviously great care has been taken to preserve the original source material after all these years.
If you want to experience the Bernstein legend, this is probably an essential recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2009
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I really love this disc, which features Leonard Bernstein's best-known theater and film scores worked up in full symphonic versions. These are iconic performances in lush early stereo that make it hard to believe that anyone else put the New York of the 1940s and 50s into music better than Bernstein and his NY Philharmonic Orchestra.

This recording of the "Candide" overture is probably one of the best versions out there -- certainly the best I've heard. This is still a signature piece for the NYPO, which now performs it without a conductor (since none can replace Bernstein). I can heartily recommend listening to Bernstein's own recording here from 1960, and then watching the DVD of the NYPO playing the same piece in North Korea in 2008 (The Pyongyang Concert - New York Philharmonic). Talk about a sense of history and continuity! Amazing.

The "Westside Story" dances are nice to have without words -- not even in "Mambo", which is a bit strange to hear without the members of the orchestra shouting "mambo!" in the breaks. Hearing the Westside Story tunes as a work of orchestral music rather than a Broadway score puts them in a completely new light. The scherzo after "Somewhere" shows a lot of Aaron Copland influence I hadn't noticed before, and the final Adagio is fantastic. My only regret is that there's no Officer Krupke!

The suite from "On the Waterfront" is very different. Most of the other music on this disc is focused on dances -- i.e. on action and storytelling. Since the "Waterfront" suite is from a film score, it is much more atmospheric than narrative.
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