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Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist.

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history." His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, as well as Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town and his own Mass. Bernstein was also the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard. As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and commercial success of West Side Story.

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    Legacy

    Leonard Bernstein

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    These sensational accounts of The Rite of Spring and Sibelius’s Symphony No.5 were filmed for the BBC’s historic Symphonic Twilight...
  • Quick-View Leonard Bernstein
    Legacy

    Leonard Bernstein

    £ 16.50

    ‘I like recording very much because there are so many ways you can direct attention to aspects of the music that is just not possible in...
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    Legacy

    Leonard Bernstein

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    This memorial concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1972 on the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, ‘the...
  1. Leonard Bernstein
    Legacy

    Leonard Bernstein

    £ 16.50

    These sensational accounts of The Rite of Spring and Sibelius’s Symphony No.5 were filmed for the BBC’s historic Symphonic Twilight series, which introduced the British public to Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying conducting. In performances that are thrilling and energetic, but also subtle and sensitive, Bernstein demonstrates his supreme understanding of these twentieth-century masterworks.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics.More details

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    Leonard Bernstein

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    ‘I like recording very much because there are so many ways you can direct attention to aspects of the music that is just not possible in an everyday concert.’ (Leonard Bernstein, Gramophone, 1970) Featuring the only engagement that Bernstein undertook with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, this intense performance of Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations from 1982 is brought to life on DVD. With fascinating rehearsal footage and a bonus interview conducted by Barry Norman, this Bernstein title is essential viewing.More details

  3. Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    This memorial concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1972 on the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, ‘the last great father-figure of Western music’ (Leonard Bernstein). Bernstein called it an homage to Stravinsky’s universality and chose the three featured masterpieces for their suggestion of ‘the extraordinary range of his art’. Conducted by Bernstein, this electrifying, unique event is now being re-introduced to the public in DVD form.More details

 

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