FRANCK, ROUSSEL Symphonies / Bernstein 4786971
Classic in every way, these late Bernstein performances have long been among the great conductor's most personal, yet musically satisfying efforts . . . an unexpectedly bold release, and I really like it . . . [both Symphonies are] perfectly acceptable renditions . . . the accounts are superb. Both symphonies are wonderful; a combination of sheer weight and personal conviction. Climaxes are explosive, and the French forces play with tremendous gusto . . . [the Roussel] really is a benchmark recording, thrilling and totally engaging . . . [the sound is] "live" in the late Bernstein tradition and remains perfectly fine . . . if you want two superlative readings in one place, grab it.