C0096. LEONARD BERNSTEIN Cond. Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, José Carreras, Kurt Ollmann & Marilyn Horne: WEST SIDE STORY - Special edition that contains the making of West Side Story + the complete 1984 audio recording. DG 477 7101, Deluxe limited edition in Elaborate Gatefold Edition with 104pp. hardcover book, accompanied by DVD of the behind-the-scenes story of this recording. Final Sealed Copy! - 028947771012
“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of WEST SIDE STORY, Deutsche Grammophon has prepared this deluxe version of its memorable 1984 recording under the baton of Bernstein himself. This full-length CD is coupled with the DVD THE MAKING OF WEST SIDE STORY, which uniquely documents the production's genesis, ups-and-downs, triumphs and tribulations. This Special Edition also includes a 104-page hardcover book with original and new articles that present both the history and a critical evaluation of Bernstein's masterpiece. Illustrated with photos from the original Broadway production, manuscript pages of some of the score's most famous numbers, and sessions photos from the 1984 recording - this a real collectors edition!
At the time of this recording in 1984, no one could have known that Leonard Bernstein - then 65 years old - was entering the last phase of his career. The resulting release, on LP and later on CD, featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, José Carreras, Kurt Ollmann and Marilyn Horne, became a favorite of opera enthusiasts for the obvious reason that it was a dream cast, in terms of range and capabilities. Now Deutsche Grammophon has belatedly reissued it in a deluxe CD/DVD package, remastered in state-of-the-art sound and appended with the documentary film about the making of the album. The main interest will, as expected, be the CD with its remastered edition of the 1984 recording. It's bright and sharp, and it's obvious that Bernstein was having the time of his life, much as the cast was reveling in the chance to work with the composer on this project (Bernstein had never conducted the score of WEST SIDE STORY all the way through, so this was just as special for him). And the 104-page booklet provides you with as clear a profile of the piece and the project as one is ever likely to need. And the DVD, with a crisp, bright full-screen image, also offers a healthy volume level, though there are no significant extras of any sort.”
- Bruce Eder, ROVI
“Bernstein gave a credibility to American musicianship that hadn’t existed before, easing our sense of inferiority. He came along and did what seemed impossible: bringing Mahler back to Vienna!
He loved storytelling, and music for him was just a vehicle for telling stories. Often his stories had important morals as well: There was always a lesson to be learned. For me that was a big takeaway. He was so many things: a great conductor, great composer, great pianist. But he was also a TV star, he was a thinker, he was a philosopher, he was a political activist. How many people could wear all of those hats at once? It’s a rare thing.”
-Marin Alsop, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 Aug., 2018