Medici Arts presents LEONARD BERNSTEIN; A five-dvd box set celebrating the late conductor’s 90th birthday
- 22 August, 2008
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Endorsed by the Leonard Bernstein Estate, the set features rare audiovisual footage of Bernstein as piano soloist, as well as historic performances including his final appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic performing Bruckner Symphony No. 9
On August 26-and in time for the Bernstein 90th Anniversary concert celebrations which begin in September- Medici Arts, distributed by Naxos of America, releases Leonard Bernstein a 5-DVD Anniversary set devoted to performances by the legendary conductor.
The set features performances of Brahms Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1973); and the first DVD release of Bernstein conducting the Orchestre National de France in a 1976 performance of Franck’s Symphony in D Minor and Darius Milhaud’s ballets La Création du monde and
Le Boeuf sur le toit.
Additionally, the set includes rare audiovisual footage from a 1981 performance with the Vienna Philharmonic of Bernstein performing as piano soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453 (paired with Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543); the historic concert performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, recorded at Schauspielhaus Berlin on December 25, 1989 to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall; and Bernstein’s final appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic, conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, a work he came to at the end of his life.