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This recording has its pedigree - Bernstein playing the Rhapsody, an excellent interpretation, clear and dynamic with the piano close; and conducting his Symphonic Dances from the West Side Story score, one of those works that never seems to pall. It may need a certain mood but anyone who loved that film will almost certainly recognise and enthuse over this work. The Los Angeles Philharmonic needs no introduction and is as good as ever. The recording doesn't quite have the spontaneous feel of his earlier New York Philharmonic rendering of this work but certainly has sparkle and wide dynamics. I still keep and play the New York recordings but value this as an addition to my collection, particularly for the Rhapsody.
Belting rendition of Rhapsody in Blue and the Symphonic dances from West Side Story. In both cases my favourite rendition of each. However this CD runs for less than 45 minutes. As much as I love this I can't recommend unreservedley it at full price.
Mich begleitet dieses Stück und diese Aufnahme seit meiner Kindheit - diese CD war eine der ersten, die meine Eltern Mitte/Ende der 80er kauften, und heute höre ich sie (bzw. mein eigenes Exemplar) immer noch. Dennoch glaube ich nicht, dass es nur daran liegt, dass diese Aufnahme der Rhapsody in Blue für mich die beste ist, die ich bisher gehört habe - alleine die Tempowechsel finde ich bei anderen Aufnahmen meist viel zu übertrieben. Und insbesondere bezüglich der Zugabe kann ich mich meinem Vorgänger nur anschließen.
Few people could interpret Gershwin like Leonard Bernstein. His playing is brilliant and he gets a very jazzy and energetic performance out of the LA Phil. The beautiful violin solos in "Rhapsody" are played by the great Sidney Weiss and you will never hear them played better. The recording was made in San Francisco at Davies Hall the day after the orchestra and Bernstein performed these works live, along with Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring." (What a program!) These two works, along with the same recording of "Rhapsody In Blue," appear on another Deutsche Grammophon recording (also available through Amazon) however you won't get the encore that Bernstein performed the night before following "Rhapsody In Blue." This live performance of Gershwin's "Second Prelude for Piano Solo" is worth the price of this CD! Here is Lenny, playing a piece he has known his entire life, displaying a familiarity with the work that few could equal. The recording of his own "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" is OK. There are better ones out there but the pair of Gershwin classics is the reason to own this CD.