Bernstein / Sibelius / Complete Recordings on DG

Leonard Bernstein: Complete
Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Symphonien Nos. 1, 2, 5, 7

Enigma Variations

Four Sea Interludes op. 33a
aus / from »Peter Grimes«
Wiener Philharmoniker
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Int. Release 01 Apr. 2004
3 CDs
0289 474 9362 4
The Leonard Bernstein Collectors Edition

Track List

CD 1: Sibelius: Symphony No.1 / Elgar: Enigma Variations

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Op.39

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:19:11

CD 2: Sibelius: Symphony No.2 / Britten: Four Sea Interludes

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes", Op.33a


Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:09:41

CD 3: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos.5 & 7

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82

Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:00:27

Whether the mood is jovial, tragic or tender, Bernstein makes the music seem immense. When "Lenny" was alive, I was a bit dismissive of his conducting; hearing these CDs makes me think again.

The remasterings are clean, the packaging handsome, and there is a lot of essential interpretations nicely gathered together. The "Americans" box is particularly interesting . . . more than just another compilation.

. . . submit to one seamless line ¿ "here time becomes space". As in the prelude to "Parsifal", it's possible to lose all sense of external time-measurements in Karajan's hands as he melts the clock.