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Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story [CD+DVD]
Leonard Bernstein, David Stahl, West Side Story Pit Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story [CD+DVD]
Genres: Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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To Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Premiere of West Side Story, Deutsche Grammophon Has Prepared this Deluxe Limited Edition of Its Memorable 1984 Recording of the Musical under the Baton of Bernstein Himself, with K...  more »

      
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To Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Premiere of West Side Story, Deutsche Grammophon Has Prepared this Deluxe Limited Edition of Its Memorable 1984 Recording of the Musical under the Baton of Bernstein Himself, with Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras in the Leading Roles, Together with the Dvd (Pal) of "the Making of West Side Story". The Latter Uniquely Documents the Production?s Genesis, Ups-and-downs, Triumphs and Tribulations. This is the First Time Both These Discs have Been Released as a Set.

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Great but flawed
Martin R. Lash | Sister Bay, Wisc | 12/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Some have called this project a disaster. This is an "operatic" version of West Side Story and may not be for everyone. The problem is that Jose Carreras was ill suited to the work. It shows the uncomfortable problems Bernstein has with Carreras. There is a moment when both were very annoyed with each other. But, Kiri Te Kanawa is glorious and the chorus and other singers are a delight. The DVD shows Bernstein was not well during the project: smoking a lot and moments when he seems to be in pain. Despite its problems the singing of "One Hand One Heart" is the best you will ever hear. Like I said, great but flawed. Still, the music is timeless and the DVD is very interesting to watch."