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Fabulous Compositions/ Composers: L. Bernstein – Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in Dmajor/D minor “Reformation” Op.107



Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op.107 Complete

1. Andante — Allegro con fuoco
2. Allegro vivace
3. Andante
4. Andante con moto — Allegro maestoso

NY Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein Conductor

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L. Bernstein – Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op.107



Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op.107 Complete

1. Andante — Allegro con fuoco
2. Allegro vivace
3. Andante
4. Andante con moto — Allegro maestoso

NY Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein Conductor

 

Leonard Bernstein conducts Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune


 

Zimerman Beirnstein Beethoven piano concerto No. 3, in C major, Op. 15 (Live)



LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major,Op, 15 Performed by Krystian Zimerman and Wiener Philharmoniker Soloist & Conductor – Leonard Bernstein 

1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3.Rondo, Allegro scherzando

 
 

Title page, first edition

The Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1800 and was first performed on 5 April 1803, with the composer as soloist. It was published in 1804. During that same performance, theSecond Symphony and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives were also premiered.[1] The composition was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. The first primary theme is reminiscent of that of Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto.

The concerto is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B-flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in E-flat, 2 trumpets in C, timpani,strings and piano soloist.

 

George Gershwin – An American in Paris



This was performed in 1959 by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

An American in Paris is a symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin, written in 1928. Inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s. It is one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions.
Gershwin composed the piece on commission from the New York Philharmonic. He also did the orchestration (he did not orchestrate his musicals). Gershwin scored An American in Paris for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celesta, saxophones, and automobile horns. Gershwin brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic.
Gershwin collaborated on the original program notes with the critic and composer Deems Taylor, noting that: “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.” When the tone poem moves into the blues, “our American friend … has succumbed to a spasm of homesickness.” But, “nostalgia is not a fatal disease.” The American visitor “once again is an alert spectator of Parisian life” and “the street noises and French atmosphere are triumphant.”

 

Mahler Symphony No.5. IV Adagietto | Leonard Bernstein (4/5)



Gustav MahlerSymphony No. 5
IV Adagietto. Sehr langsam.
Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

“In the Fourth movement, the famous Adagietto, harp and strings alone play. The opening melody recalls two of Mahler’s songs, “Nun seh’ ich wohl” (from Kindertotenlieder) and the separate Ruckert setting “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”. The long upbeats and expressive appoggiaturas of the melodic lines give the music a yearning, almost heart-breaking quality. The intensity that builds up inthis movement finaly assuages the darkness and doubts of the earlier movements, making the lighter mood and extrovert energy of the Rondo-Finale acceptable. Together, these two movements form the third part of the symphony. The formal function of the Adagietto is ambiguous. It acts as an introduction to the last movement, which follows without a break, and is thematically bound to it, for twice in the Finale we hear the Adagietto’s main theme, now at a fast tempo. The Adagietto also functions as a slow interlude in F major, between two faster movements in D major; but is also has an expressive weight sufficient for it to stand on its own – indeed, it is often performed by itself.

Even without a text or programme, the music’s emotional and referential content implies an existential dimension. Without an explicit programme or titles, we have few clues to the “meaning” of the Fifth Symphony other than the music itself. Mahler offers some guidance by grouping the five movements, which share some thematic Material, as well as an obsession with death, from the first part; the central scherzo stands alone as the second part; and the lat two movements, which are also linked thematically, form the third.
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Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)



Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)

 

Bernstein Beethoven Leonore Overture Nº3



Leonore Overture Nº 3 in C major, Op. 72b

The Amnesty International Concert

Orchestra: Bavarian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Munich, Germany.
Date: 17/10/1976

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

 

Arrau – Bernstein Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4



Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58.

“The Amnesty International Concert”

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Piano Soloist: Claudio Arrau
Orchestra: Bavarian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Munich, Germany
Date: 17/10/1976

I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo. Vivace

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Claudio Arrau (1903 – 1991)
Leonard Bernstein (1919 – 1990)

 

Bohemian Dance – Georges Bizet Leonard Berntein



Bohemian Dance by Georges Bizet conducted by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic from the album “Carmen Suites 1 And 2/Peer Gynt Suites 1 And 2” (Columbia Masterworks, 1973).

Mussorgsky – Night On Bald Mountain


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Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)


Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)

Leonard Bernstein – On the Town: Three Dance Episodes



Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes:

I. The Great Lover
II. Lonely Town (Pas de deux)
III. Times Square: 1944

Myung-Whun Chung/Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

L. Bernstein – Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op. 107



Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op.107 Complete

1. Andante — Allegro con fuoco
2. Allegro vivace
3. Andante
4. Andante con moto — Allegro maestoso

NY Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein Conductor

Thursday Evening at the Concert: Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune


Leonard Bernstein conducts Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – extract from “The Unanswered Question”, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Leonard Bernstein Conducting Candide Overture (London December 13, 1989)


Candide Overture, conducted by the composer himself, Leonard Bernstein. Concert performance of Candide with June Anderson, Jerry Hadley, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda – London Symphony Orchestra (London, December 13, 1989).

Candide
is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire.[1] The operetta was first performed in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman; but since 1974 it has been generally performed with a book by Hugh Wheeler[2][3] which is more faithful to Voltaire’s novel. The primary lyricist was the poet Richard Wilbur.
(Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide_(operetta))

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story – Prologue


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Will Leonard Bernstein West Side Story ever go too old to amaze? I think not!
I don’t know how many of you remember the Young Peoples Concerts, introduced by Leonard Bernstein. Few of those moments among other cultural experiences was made available to us, in Romania: I remember taking control over the living room, each Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. and requiring that all the my family members respect the program. I learned a lot about music by listening to this great composer and conductor.