LEONARD BERNSTEIN COLLECTION Vol. 2 4795553

Leonard Bernstein's later years were his very best, confirmed by all his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon . . . [with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bernstein performs] arguably the very best Mahler "Ninth" on record . . . [collectors will be very happy to have all these] assured performances, each followed by a spoken informative analysis . . . The care and attention lavished on the two editions, including the illustrated enclosures, honours the late maestro.

. . . a treasure trove . . . The two volumes of the Bernstein Collection recall a different time in the classical-music world . . . These two LP-sized boxes make that history come alive with the handsome original-jacket artwork . . . Through it all, music was never just notes for Bernstein. It was a way of speaking truth to power . . . Blessings on DG for capturing that record so brilliantly.

. . . [a trove of performances which] bear the accumulated insights of a musical sage and visionary . . . Nearly everything is slower, more subjective, more deeply personal than his earlier recordings; nearly everything bears the stamp of a charismatic, larger-than-life personality . . . [the best of his Mahler symphony recordings] convey an intensity, immediacy and emotional identification that leap from the loudspeakers . . . Bernstein's 1988 Shostakovich "Leningrad" Symphony (No. 7), made with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a classic that still sounds wonderful. And his Vienna Philharmonic interpretations of the Sibelius First, Fifth and Seventh symphonies are electric. There are warmly idiomatic Schumann symphonies, along with a strong, unmannered Schubert "Great" C Major Symphony . . . DG's hefty box merits serious consideration.

. . . beautifully-executed performances -- on this M-Z volume -- of Mahler and Mozart, Schubert and Schumann.

Celui qui avait atteint une dimension autre, celle de tous les possibles. Dans cette optique, écoutez en priorité les symphonies de Sibelius et de Chostakovitch (Vienne, et Chicago pour les 1re et 7e du second) et les Tchaikovski de New York, d'une ampleur et d'un souffle inouis. Multiréédités et indispensables, tous les Mahler DG sont lŕ, complétés par le génial "Chant de la terre" . . . Il faut aussi réentendre ses Mozart vibrants (Vienne), tour ŕ tour amples et agiles . . . Antérieurs, la "Messe" et "Noces" en sont le sommet . . . Soulignons la singularité des deux opéras: l'homme qui a inventé, avec "West Side Story" . . . De son "Tristan et Isolde" aux lenteurs immenses et résolues . . Discuté depuis toujours, il dispense un réel envoűtement, sans philtre . . . Et n'oubliez pas le formidable "Concerto en sol" de Ravel dirigé du piano . . . Ca n'est plus une boîte, c'est une malle aux trésors . . .