Leonard Bernstein - The Royal Edition Vol 67 - Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov

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..."Dance of the Firebird"...is much more nimble and airy in Leonard Bernstein's performance, possibly because the American opts for the better-known 1919 Suite which uses a reduced orchestration... Bernstein delivers a brilliant account of the score...

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing the Firebird Suite]


Bernstein treats Scheherazade as the "Symphonic Suite" it's billed as, barely pausing between movements—the old Columbia LP has no bands on either side. This was the kind of personalized, excitable interpretation that made Bernstein beloved to many, though it won't be to everyone's taste... His shaping of the violin and cello statements of the theme in "The Young Prince and the Young Princess" is exquisite. The violin solos are played warmly and effectively by John Corigliano (the composer's father and, for 23 years, concertmaster of the Philharmonic.)... It's difficult to imagine Bernstein devotees not having these performances already. But for others who have missed them in their various incarnations, or want to replace aging LPs—don't deny yourself some considerable pleasure.

-- Andrew Quint, FANFARE [5/1999, reviewing Scheherazade]

Product Description:

  • Release Date: October 08, 2010

  • Catalog Number: SONY47605

  • UPC: 5099704760520

  • Label: Sony

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic