June Anderson, soprano; Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano; Klaus König, tenor; Jan-Hendrik Rootering, bass Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Wiener Philharmoniker; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Leonard Bernstein
The Anniversary DVD Edition (5 Discs). Endorsed by the Leonard Bernstein Estate. There has probably never been a conductor able to combine the highest musical standards with personal warmth in the way that Leonard Bernstein did. Bernstein not only had at his command a rare musicality that melded emotion with analysis, he was also uniquely able to convey that musicality both as a musician and as a teacher. The present boxed set brings together outstanding video recordings that allow us to see and hear the intensity and the thrilling, emotional way in which Bernstein communicated his interpretations to his musicians and to his public. The result is a magnificent tribute to this brilliant conductor on what would have been his 90th birthday.
REPERTOIRE: Brahms: Symphonies Nos.1&3; Franck: Symphony in D minor; Milhaud : La Création du monde - Le Boeuf sur le toit; Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17, K.453, Symphony No.39; Beethoven: Symphony No.9 - Ode to Freedom; Bruckner: Symphony No.9
“…the ultimate Bernstein stocking-filler” 5 stars Classic FM Magazine