Deutsche Grammophon Presents The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Volume One
Twenty-Five years after the passing of one of the biggest names in conducting and classical composition in the late 20th Century, Deutsche Grammophon is set to release The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Volume 1 on April 22, 2014. This will be the first of four releases in this collection. For the last decade of Bernstein’s life, he recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, having also made several recordings for the label in the 1970s, starting with his celebrated Carmen in 1973.
VOLUME ONE includes Bernstein’s complete recordings for the label on two deluxe box sets, presented in their original sleeves with a 40-page LP-size booklet, with new essays by Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton and Nigel Simeone, editor of the recently published The Leonard Bernstein Letters, as well as a specially-written forward by Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein. VOLUME ONE is comprised of recordings of composers from Beethoven to Liszt, along with Bernstein’s recordings of his own works, those of Brahms, Copland and Haydn, and individual CDs of Bruckner, Debussy, Dvořák, Elgar, Franck, Hindemith and many American composers. VOLUME TWO, ranging from Mahler to Wagner, will appear in 2015.
· CD 1 – 16: BEETHOVEN – The 9 Symphonies; Overtures; Piano Concertos nos. 3 – 5 (with Krystian Zimerman); String Quartets arranged for Orchestra; The Amnesty International Concert; The Final Concert (Symphony no. 7); The Berlin Wall Concert (Symphony no. 9); Missa solemnis; Fidelio
· CD 17 – 32: BERNSTEIN in all his glory – the 3 Symphonies and other orchestral works, ballets, theatreworks from On the Town (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting), Candide, West Side Story, A Quiet Place and A White House Cantata (Kent Nagano conducting)
· CD 33 – 46: BIZET (Carmen) to BRAHMS (Complete Symphonies, Concertos – with Kremer, Maisky and Zimerman), and COPLAND (Appalachian Spring, Symphony no. 3, Clarinet Concerto, Quiet City, El Salón México) – plus Bruckner 9
· CD 47 – 59: Debussy to Liszt, taking in Dvořák, Elgar, Franck, Harris and Schuman, Hindemith, Ives – and above all HAYDN (4 CDs, including Symphony no. 102 from Vienna, re-released for the first time since 1992); the set is strongly rounded off by Liszt’s A Faust Symphony
· DVD: The Making of West Side Story