Notes & Reviews:
Leonard Bernstein bestrode the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century like few others. For the last decade of his life he recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, having also made several recordings for the label in the 1970s, starting with his celebrated Carmen in 1973.
Bernstein's complete recordings for the label are now offered on two deluxe box sets, presented in their original sleeves, with a 40-page LP-size booklet, with new essays by Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton and Nigel Simeone, editor of the recently published The Leonard Bernstein Letters, and a specially-written foreword by Bernstein's daughter Jamie Bernstein.
VOLUME ONE, which comprises Bernstein's complete recordings of composers from Beethoven to Liszt, and includes all of Bernstein's recordings of his own works, those of Brahms, Copland and Haydn, and individual CDs of Bruckner, Debussy, Dvorák, Elgar, Franck, Hindemith and many American composers.
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Vivaldi: Die vier Jahreszeiten, Concerti RV 253 and 583 / Thomas Zehetmair, Camerata Bern
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Abbado, Chicago SO
Mahler: Das Lied von Der Erde, Symphonien Nos. 9 und 10 / Kurt Sanderling, Berlin SO / Peter Scheier, tenor; Birgit Finnila, alto
Vom Himmel Hoch, da Komm ich Her - The Ludwig Guttler Brass Ensemble plays Bach, Handel, Albinoni, Praetorius, Raselius, Altenburg, Sammartini, Brade, Eccard et al.
How Lovely Shines the Morning Star - Chorales for Christmastime by Bach, Fasch, Reger, Buxtehude et al. / Ludwig Guttler, trumpet
Brahms: A German Requiem / Sibylla Rubens, soprano; Daniel Ochoa, baritone. Roderich Kreile, Dresden PO
J.S. Bach: Works for Harpsichord - a near complete overview of Bach's harpsichord works (rec. in the '60s) / Hans Pischner, David & Igor Oistrakh