News Classical 13/06/2018

Leonard Bernstein: The Pianist 11-CD Box Set Now Available From Sony Classical

Leonard Bernstein: The Pianist 11-CD Box Set Now Available From Sony Classical

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Sony Classical celebrates the 2018 centenary of Leonard Bernstein - one of the 20th century's most celebrated, multi-faceted and influential musicians - with a box set devoted to his complete RCA Victor and Columbia Masterworks recordings as pianist in a limited original jacket collection. Leonard Bernstein - The Pianist, 11 CDs in a clamshell box with booklet, is a fitting tribute to the man whom Arthur Rubinstein called "the greatest pianist among conductors, the greatest conductor among composers, and the greatest composer among pianists."

The impact of Bernstein as conductor, composer, educator and inspirational figure in the worlds of the concert hall and musical theatre tends to overshadow his considerable prowess as a piano virtuoso. Yet he always considered the piano his first love, and often led concertos from the keyboard, collaborated in chamber music projects, and accompanied singers whom he admired. Bernstein took to the piano from an early age, studying with a variety of teachers, including his future secretary Helen Coates, although his keyboard gifts fully matured at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with the redoubtable Isabelle Vengerova.

Bernstein's youthful piano recordings for RCA Victor include his own Seven Anniversaries, Ravel's Concerto in G major, a classic reading of the Piano Sonata by his friend and mentor Aaron Copland, and his whimsical song cycle I Hate Music with mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom. Most of the works for piano and orchestra thatBernstein recorded for Columbia as pianist/conductor were his lifelong showpieces: the Ravel, Mozart's K 450, K 453 and K 503 Concertos, Beethoven's Concerto No. 1, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Bernstein was justly proud of his Mozart and Schumann collaborations with the Juilliard Quartet, while his long friendship with mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel yielded many memorable recordings that include Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death, Bernstein's own songs, plus a document of their March 2, 1969 Carnegie Hall concert. This collection also includes the long-unavailable performance of Mahler's Das Knaben Wunderhorn in the piano version with mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig and bass-baritone Walter Berry live in Vienna, plus Ludwig's Brahms lieder recital, and a Mahler program with baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau.


1. Mozart:
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 15 in B-flat Major, K. 450

2. Mozart:
Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra in F Major, K. 242
Concerto No. 25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 503

3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

4. Shostakovitch: Concerto No. 2 For Piano and Orchestra, Op. 102
Ravel: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

5. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Bernstein: Seven Anniversaries
Copland: Piano Sonata
Blitzstein: Dusty Sun (1941)
Bernstein: I Hate Music

6. Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

7. Mahler: Four Songs from Rückert-Lieder
Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
Phantasie aus Don Juan
Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

8. Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39
Strauss: 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blätter, Op. 10, No. 8: Allerseelen
The Night, Op. 60, No. 9
To Forget so Soon, TH. 94
6 Romances, Op. 16, No. 1: Cradle Song
6 Romances, Op. 16, No. 2: Wait!
6 Romances, Op. 73, No. 5: Amid Sombre Days
Rachmaninoff: Oh, Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair

9. Duparc: La Vie Antérieure
Debussy: Fêtes galantes, Set I, CD. 86
Satie: Trois mélodies
Liszt: 12 Songs, Vol. 2, No. 3: Oh! Quand je dors
Poulenc: Air vif
Ô mon cher amant ...
Ah! Quel Diner
Bernstein: I Hate Music! A Cycle of Five Kid Songs for Soprano
Bernstein: La Bonne Cuisine (Four Recipes)
Poulenc: Hôtel Voyage à Paris C
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death

10. Brahms: Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103
Der Tod, das ist die Kühle Nacht, Op. 96, No. 1
Immer leiser wird mein schlummer, Op. 105, No. 2
Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86, No. 2
Ständchen, Op. 106, No. 1
Liebestreu, Op. 3, No. 1
Mädchenlied, Op. 107, No. 5
Sapphische Ode, Op. 94, No. 4
Ruhe, Süssliebchen, im Schatten, Op. 33, No. 9
Die Mainacht, Op. 43, No. 2
Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43, No. 1

11. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44
Mozart: Quartet in G Minor for Piano and Strings, K. 478

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