Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Nyp|
Bernstein Royal Edition: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4/ Francesca da Rimini
Bernstein kind of sleep-walks through this one
Douglas Beckerman | Sherman Oaks, California USA | 03/07/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Lenny" recorded this work three times. His radical rethink on DG done in the 1980's is an exercise in the most bizarre musicmaking. In THAT rendering of the score, he stretches phrasing beyond the breaking point and the interpretation is full of the most unusual idiosyncracies. This 1975 recording is a straightforward account and is not a "bad" recording, merely an uninspired one. Every musician does his job, but that's ALL one can say about their playing...It's like reading yesterday's newspapers...okay, but nothing new here. It's a shame that Sony did not release Bernstein's first (1958) recording of the Fourth. He had just taken over the reins of the Philharmonic and this was one of the first recordings of the stereo era. Lenny had his troupe playing like 105 Satans on hallucinogens and it was a visceral and very heady experience. THAT recording is probably the all-time best Tchaikovsky Fourth. As a second choice, Abbado and the Vienna is a stellar choice."
Lenny Never Deserves Two-Stars
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 02/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Leonard Bernstein performances never warrant a mere two-star review. Save the deuce-eggs for Britney Spears, big-hair heavy metal glam-rockers and live classical historic recordings made on your grandfather's old mic-in-hand tape recorders. I will agree with the previous reviewer that this 1975 account of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony does not stand up to his earlier 1958 account (currently available in the "Bernstein Century" series). But I found it more audacious that CBS/Sony originally included the '75 recording in its "Great Performances" series than in the "Royal Edition" series, which made no claims towards greatness and made possible the release of other obscure pieces from the Bernstein catalog. Actually, the most offensive thing of all (though I guess I should expect it by now), is that I worked like a dog tracking down Bernstein's Tchaikovsky Cycle, via the "Royal Edition" titles, only to have it recently reissued in the French "Columbia Legends" line at half the price. Now that is a subject on which I'd like to give Sony my "two-stars" worth."