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Now, 10 years after his death at age 72 from lung failure, a spate of new and rereleased recordings enables us to re experience Bernstein's immeasurable musical importance. Most exciting is Bernstein Live!--a 10-CD New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic is the oldest active symphony orchestra in the United States, organized during 1842. Based in New York City, the Philharmonic performs most of its concerts at Avery Fisher Hall and has long been considered one of the best orchestras in the world. Special Editions set containing 13 hours of previously unissued concert performances of Bernstein conducting his orchestra (available only from the Philharmonic or Tower Records). Highlights include the world premiere of Ives's Symphony No. 2, its finale much tauter than in Bernstein's later Deutsche Grammophon recording; the young Vladimir Ashkenazy dazzling in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2; Maynard Ferguson on trumpet screaming through Russo's jazz-inspired Symphony No. 2; Jacqueline du Pre sounding quite different in Schumann's Cello Concerto than in her reading with her husband, Daniel Barenboim; and Eileen Farrell and Jess Thomas starring in 80 minutes of positively thrilling, well-recorded scenes from Wagner's Gotterdammerung. While sound quality of other selections varies, the rarity, level of inspiration, and range of repertoire make this set invaluable.
DG's Leonard Bernstein: The Leg end Lives On is a six-disc set that includes remasterings of such classic concert recordings as Bernstein's final performance; his Vienna Philharmonic version of Mahler's Symphony No. 5; a late recording of Copland's Appalachian Spring; and Bernstein at the piano playing piano playing Neurology A fanciful descriptor for finger movements linked to the loss of position sensation, in which the Pt seeks to discover finger position in space by periodic movement; PP occurs in Dejerine-Sottas syndrome; PP also refers to intermittent both Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
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Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band written in 1924, which combines and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17. The sonics, a major improvement over the original harsh and thin-sounding early digital pressings, warrant repurchase for those who love these performances.
The Mahler No. 5 provides ample evidence of Bernstein's conductorial mastery. The first two movements are filled with terror, Bernstein's conducting miraculously mirroring Mahler's personal drama and neurotic swings of feeling; the famed adagietto trembles with heartfelt emotion, the mood of tenderness increasing when the orchestra swells in volume. Such magic also distinguishes the riveting Gotterdammerung "Dawn" sequence on the New York Philharmonic set, the orchestra progressing from stillness to a positively orgasmic display of morning's first light (gloriously celebrated by the great soprano Farrell). When the music's grandeur matched Bernstein's own, both were magnificent.
Among new releases of Bernstein's compositions is Hyperion's The Age of Anxiety, in which fine sonics complement Dmitry Sitkovetsky's conducting of pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin. Reference's Bernstein, conducted by Eiji Que, features a newly arranged suite from Candide plus first-time orchestral arrangements of five obscure songs.
Most significant is DG's release of several of Bernstein's most political compositions. A White House Cantata cantata (kəntä`tə) [Ital.,=sung], composite musical form similar to a short unacted opera or brief oratorio, developed in Italy in the baroque period. , drawn from Bernstein's uneven but biting Broadway show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (a collaboration with Alan Jay Lerner Noun 1. Alan Jay Lerner - United States lyricist who collaborated on musicals with Frederick Loewe (1918-1986)
Lerner ), exposes sexism and racism in various presidencies. Better music graces DG's Bernstein Conducts Bernstein reissue, combining the wonderful Serenade serenade [Ital. sera=evening], term used to designate several types of musical composition. Opera and song literature yield numerous examples of the serenade sung or played by a lover at night beneath his beloved's window; outstanding is After Plato's "Symposium" (which Paul Moor's 1990 Advocate appreciation called "one of all literature's greatest paeans to homosexual love") with the remarkable Songfest song·fest
A casual gathering for group singing. , a gorgeous cycle of American poems for six singers and orchestra. Highlights include Walt Whitman's "To What You Said," and a groundbreaking duet on Songfest combines Langston Hughes's "I, Too, Sing America" with June Jordan's "Okay, `Negroes.'" Thanks to these great recordings, Bernstein's voice and musicianship ring out anew with strength and beauty in the new century.
Serinus is a music reviewer, musician, and editor of Psychoimmunity & the Healing Process.