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DG’s Big Bernstein Box, Vol. 1

Jeremy Lee writes

I will start this review with a bold statement:  of all the oft-recorded conductors that have ever lived, no-one has had such a high proportion of great musicianship, great playing and great sonics in their discography than Leonard Bernstein on Deutsche Grammophon.  This is particularly remarkable given Continue reading


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An Overlooked Gem: Bernstein’s Tchaikovsky Suites

Jeremy Lee writes

The musical world is often a funny place where great music is neglected in favor of the same old warhorses that are mentioned over and over again.  Symphonies?  Beethoven’s 5th and 9th, Mozart’s 40th, Tchaikovsky’s 6th.  Concertos?  Tchaikovsky’s First, Rachmaninov’s Second and Third, Beethoven, Continue reading

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Sinopoli’s Splendid Mussorgsky and Ravel

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition Sinopoli

Jeremy Lee writes

Originals is dead; long live Originals.  Not that it’s been officially discontinued, but it might as well be, because the latest release — Karajan’s Bruckner 8 — was released September last year, and there has been no word of a future Original disc ever since.  Pity.

But of course, Universal won’t let their flagship just Continue reading

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The American Job: Bernstein conducts Bernstein and Gershwin

Jeremy Lee writes

This album, released in 2010 on what Leonard and I like to call Sony’s Cheap-Cheap-Series-Without-Booklet-Notes (actually called Sony Classical Masters), is a compilation of two previous albums separating the Bernstein pieces and the Gershwin pieces (of which Gershwin album I had borrowed donkey’s years ago), and as such Continue reading