Annotation

Works by: Beethoven · Brahms · Dvorák · Schumann · Tchaikovsky
With musical analyses of each symphony spoken and illustrated at the piano by Leonard Bernstein
performed by New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra ("the New York Philharmonic under its summer pseudonym") conducted by Bernstein
source: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/cat/single?PRODUCT_NR=4770002

Annotation last modified on 2012-04-24 01:51 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven 14:39
2 Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
Ludwig van Beethoven 17:47
3 Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven 5:39
4 Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": IV. Finale. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven 12:21
5 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Beethoven's Symphony No. 3): "Simplicity itself..." (1st movement)
[dialogue] 13:25
6 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Beethoven's Symphony No. 3): "I always feel this gigantism..." (2nd movement)
[dialogue] 6:07
7 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Beethoven's Symphony No. 3): "We have just been examining..." (3rd movement)
[dialogue] 5:26
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Beethoven's Symphony No. 3): "All that we have said..." (4th movement)
[dialogue] 9:12
2 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Beethoven's Symphony No. 3): "The study of Eroica is a lifetime work..."
[dialogue] 1:11
3 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World": I. Adagio – Allegro molto
Antonín Dvořák 8:52
4 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World": II. Largo
Antonín Dvořák 13:33
5 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World": III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
Antonín Dvořák 7:16
6 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World": IV. Allegro con fuoco
Antonín Dvořák 11:33
7 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Dvorák's Symphony No.9): "Does this music sound like the New World to you?" (3rd movement, Trio II; 1st movement)
[dialogue] 9:52
8 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Dvorák's Symphony No.9): "We come now to the second movement, which has a charming melody, ..." (2nd movement)
[dialogue] 3:22
9 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Dvorák's Symphony No.9): "The third movement is a marvel of ingenuity and deftness" (3rd movement)
[dialogue] 1:40
10 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Dvorák's Symphony No.9): "And now the last movement. In general I should say that this is the most Slavic of all" (4th movement)
[dialogue] 5:00
11 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Dvorák's Symphony No.9): "The final claim of those who argue for the New World Symphony as American music, ..." (4th movement, continued)
[dialogue] 1:01
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: I. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuoco
Robert Schumann 12:27
2 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Robert Schumann 6:59
3 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: III. Adagio espressivo
Robert Schumann 11:54
4 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: IV. Allegro molto vivace
Robert Schumann 8:15
5 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "Robert Schumann has been dead..." (3rd movement, opening theme)
[dialogue] 4:22
6 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "To my mind, Schumann follows in this tradition..."
[dialogue] 1:48
7 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "Now let's look at the Symphony itself..." (1st movement)
[dialogue] 8:39
8 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "And so we have arrived at the allegro section..." (1st movement, continued)
[dialogue] 6:51
9 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "In the marvelous Scherzo that follows..." (2nd movement)
[dialogue] 4:49
10 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "But perhaps the greatest beauty...." (3rd movement)
[dialogue] 7:32
11 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Schumann's Symphony No. 2): "Even in the final movement...." (4th movement)
[dialogue] 5:16
CD 4
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Johannes Brahms 11:51
2 Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Johannes Brahms 11:53
3 Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
Johannes Brahms 6:07
4 Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro
Johannes Brahms 11:01
5 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "Brahms' Fourth Symphony in E minor is today ..." (4th movement., opening theme)
[dialogue] 4:45
6 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "Our journey begins without introduction..." (1st movement)
[dialogue] 5:15
7 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "Do you see now what a symphonic theme is?" (1st movement)
[dialogue] 3:23
8 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "Now, think of it - we have so far only had 44 bars of music" (1st movement)
[dialogue] 5:47
9 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "Here is that second theme" (1st movement)
[dialogue] 2:42
10 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "This brings us to the development section proper" (1st movement)
[dialogue] 9:34
11 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): And here we are back home, ready for the rehearing of the exposition,..." (1st movement)
[dialogue] 2:17
12 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "So we arrive at the coda" (1st movement)
[dialogue] 3:18
13 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Brahms's Symphony No. 4): "Well, we have had a microscopic look at symphonic method" (1st movement)
[dialogue] 2:12
CD 5
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
Пётр Ильич Чайковский 18:43
2 Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": II. Allegro con grazia
Пётр Ильич Чайковский 8:14
3 Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": III. Allegro molto vivace
Пётр Ильич Чайковский 9:08
4 Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": IV. Finale. Adagio lamentoso – Andante
Пётр Ильич Чайковский 11:26
5 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6): "Now there is a melody, a pure orchestral song..." (1st movement)
[dialogue] 9:18
6 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6): "Now the development section erupts..." (1st movement continued)
[dialogue] 1:58
7 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6): "Now one would think that Tchaikovsky had really exploited the device of scales" (2nd movement)
[dialogue] 1:56
8 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6): "Jumping now to the famous third movement, the great March..." (3rd movement)
[dialogue] 1:50
9 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6): "Perhaps the most admirable example of this is to be found in the wonderful last movement, ..." (4th movement)
[dialogue] 3:41
10 Musical Analysis (Bernstein on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6): "Now I don't want to give you the impression that scales are the only unifying force in this work"
[dialogue] 6:01

Credits

CD 1

composer:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1803 – 1804) (tracks 1–4)
conductor:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (1953-06-22) (tracks 1–4)
orchestra:
New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra (1953-06-22) (tracks 1–4)
spoken vocals:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (tracks 5–7)
recorded at:
Lewisohn Stadium in New York, New York, United States (1953-06-22) (tracks 1–4)
arrangements:
part of:
recording of:

CD 2

composer:
Antonín Dvořák (1893-01-10 – 1893-05-24) (tracks 3–6)
conductor:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (1953-07-28) (tracks 3–6)
orchestra:
New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra (1953-07-28) (tracks 3–6)
spoken vocals:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (tracks 1–2, 7–11)
recorded at:
Lewisohn Stadium in New York, New York, United States (1953-07-28) (tracks 3–6)
arrangements:
The New World Symphony: Finale (for band, Leidzén) (track 6)
is the basis for:
A New World (track 4)
Goin’ Home (track 4)
Más allá (track 4)
later versions:
Going Home (Largo "From the New World") (James Last pop arrangement) (track 4)
Negro Spiritual Melody (for violin and piano, Kreisler) (track 4)
part of:
recording of:
referred to in medleys:
Hooked on America (tracks 3, 6)

CD 3

composer:
Robert Schumann (German classical composer) (1845-12 – 1846-10) (tracks 1–4)
conductor:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (1953-06-24) (tracks 1–4)
orchestra:
New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra (1953-06-24) (tracks 1–4)
spoken vocals:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (tracks 5–11)
recorded at:
Lewisohn Stadium in New York, New York, United States (1953-06-24) (tracks 1–4)
part of:
recording of:

CD 4

composer:
Johannes Brahms (1884 – 1885) (tracks 1–4)
conductor:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (1953-06-29) (tracks 1–4)
orchestra:
New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra (1953-06-29) (tracks 1–4)
spoken vocals:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (tracks 5–13)
recorded at:
Lewisohn Stadium in New York, New York, United States (1953-06-29) (tracks 1–4)
arrangements:
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo (for piano four hands, Brahms) (track 1)
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo (for two pianos, Brahms) (track 1)
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: II. Andante moderato (for two pianos, Brahms) (track 2)
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: II. Andante moderato (for piano four hands, Brahms) (track 2)
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso (for two pianos, Brahms) (track 3)
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso (for piano four hands, Brahms) (track 3)
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato (for piano four hands, Brahms) (track 4)
is the basis for:
Cans and Brahms (track 3)
part of:
recording of:

CD 5

composer:
Пётр Ильич Чайковский (Tchaikovsky - Russian romantic composer) (1893-02 – 1893-08) (tracks 1–4)
conductor:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (1953-06-29) (tracks 1–4)
orchestra:
New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra (1953-06-29) (tracks 1–4)
spoken vocals:
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (tracks 5–10)
recorded at:
Lewisohn Stadium in New York, New York, United States (1953-06-29) (tracks 1–4)
is the basis for:
part of:
recording of:

Release

part of: Original Masters (Deutsche Grammophon)
ASIN: US: B00067GKF6 [info]