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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, April 2017

Comprised of an hour-long documentary by filmmaker Georg Wübbolt and a supplemental 25 minutes of bonus material, the production is, by turns, touching and powerful. Viewers get to see the iconic composer and conductor through the eyes of his children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina, who speak candidly (though only positively) about their famous father. Friends, peers and students share memories of Bernstein, testifying to the impact he had on the lives of the people he knew. © 2017 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Tiina Kiik
The WholeNote, August 2016

Footage of Bernstein conducting illustrates that he put everything—mind, body, listening and soul—into his work. The swaying, jumping and arm swinging are not affectations but the means to achieve a great orchestral performance. It wasn’t always easy for him, as seen in a clip of orchestra members chatting during his verbal direction of his beloved Mahler. Composing was a great love. Bernstein loved to work with the musical teams, as shown by driving footage from the timeless West Side Story and comments by Stephen Sondheim. Bernstein is seen leading conducting classes with enthralled participants while fun clips from his television show Omnibus and Young People’s concerts convey his passion for youth, storytelling, conducting and piano performance. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review




Infodad.com, July 2016

…[film] does a fine and generally forthright job of showing the many ways in which [Bernstein] was admired and some of the many people who admired him. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, May 2016

This fascinating documentary shows why Bernstein was one of the most influential classical musicians of the last century. He was an inspirational teacher, a brilliant conductor, a fine composer, and an accomplished pianist. In his role as an educator, he found and fascinated an even larger audience of young listeners on television shows…

As a composer, he could bridge gaps and break down barriers in an extraordinarily skilful and yet accessible manner, reaching a large audience worldwide, way beyond classical music. © 2016 My Classical Notes Read complete review





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