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Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, July 2014

This is an outstanding example of an orchestral video. It tells a story without the artsy hokiness indulged in by many of today’s directors. Humphrey Burton clearly knew the scores, and he planned his shots very well. As usual, you see a lot of the conductor—not usually a plus for me, but Bernstein is an exception. People talk about his showmanship and dancing on the podium, but there are few conductors as expressive and as clear and communicative as Bernstein was. It is an education to watch him. Just as good are the many shots of the orchestra, chorus, and pianist. Most of the important solos are covered by the camera, and it is fascinating to follow them and the music by eye. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Art Lange
Fanfare, July 2014

…this live performance is riveting. Bernstein’s level of engagement here translates into orchestral intensity… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Infodad.com, February 2014

These performances have more than historical value…Bernstein selected the three works that made up the concert heard here, and the recording—which, happily, is in color—shows him at his best, highly involved in the music and sprawling all over the podium while pulling the pieces together with…intensity and precision…Michel Béroff does a very fine job indeed as piano soloist, but in fact the Capriccio, although uncommonly well performed here, is not the highlight of the concert. That distinction falls to The Rite of Spring, whose complexities Bernstein always relished and whose tremendous rhythmic difficulties and propulsiveness brought out the best in his podium manner. Bernstein is particularly intriguing to watch here as he shapes the music both by focusing on details of instrumental balance and by simultaneously providing a big-picture view of the ballet that keeps its disparate sections from becoming disconnected from the underlying narrative…The concert concludes, probably inevitably, with Symphony of Psalms, in which the English Bach Festival Chorus delivers a moving and very well-sung performance of a work that nicely balances the angularity and intensity of The Rite of Spring with something altogether warmer but no less redolent of Stravinsky’s personality. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review





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