BERNSTEIN, L., Milestones of a legend

Bernstein and his New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Mahler symphonies 3 and 4, Ravel's Bolero, Sacre du Printemps, Beethoven piano concertos 4 and 5. They are absolute highlights of the concert repertoire. The recordings collected together here from the years 1950 to 1962 are regarded as among the best that the charismatic and phenomenally versatile Leonard Bernstein made with his New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Bernstein was one of the most impressive and most competent of twentieth century musical personalities and many of his interpretations have become yardsticks for later recordings. Bernstein, associated with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for many years before he became their conductor-in-chief in 1958, was able to draw all the stops to achieve the dramatic tension and emotional depth in his soundscapes. Furthermore, the star conductor was also largely responsible for the development of an independent American musical culture, having composed something like 50 compositions of his own, and provided significant impulse for the American musical theatre. His symphony The Age of Anxiety and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story can be heard here in recordings of the very highest quality. The recording of Charles Ives' 2nd symphony, Dvorak's From the New World, Copland's Billy the Kid and his Gershwin interpretations recorded in 1958/59 have constantly been mentioned in the ""bestever"" categories. Soloists engaged for these recordings include Rudolf Serkin, Glenn Gould, Reri Grist, and Lukas Foss among others.