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Bernstein: West Side Story- Symphonic Dances / Candide- Overture / On the Town- 3 Dance Episodes / On the Waterfront- Orchestral Suite

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Nothing can compare with Bernstein's own accounts of his music. The best recordings are still the ones he made with the New York Philharmonic for Columbia, when scores such as Candide and West Side Story were still "new" music. Originally produced by John McClure (and remixed by him for CD), these recordings of the Candide Overture and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story have never been bettered, not even by Bernstein. --Ted Libbey
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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS Masterworks / Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026FF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert B. Lamm on November 6, 2015
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I can't top the other reviewers; this is a joy to listen to, though not one where you lean back and engage in reveries; rather, you find yourself tapping your feet, moving with this incredible music and almost singing out loud (at least for those pieces that have words). A bargain at twice the price!
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Bernstein was the greatest conductor of Bernstein, and nothing has changed over the decades. This pressing of some classic performances comes from early digital remastering, I believe, and later remasterings remove some of the harshness and sketchiness of the sonics. Also, one has to be prepared for the huge orchestral forces that inflate this theater music, but even so, nothing matches these readings.
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Fine recording. Most of pieces familiar, but mainly I wanted the recording for that lovely, haunting suite from "On the Waterfront" and it doesn't disappoint.
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Here is the great music from West Side Story, woven together for a symphony orchestra. The full sweep and drama of the show is in this score. Excellent!
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