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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Leonard Bernstein/Nielsen 3: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

It never ceases to amaze me the depth of historical recordings that are now available for us to stream from the comforts of our own homes.  This is a fantastic live recording of the Royal Danish Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein performing Nielsen's 3rd Symphony in 1965. You can always hear when an orchestra is, to a man and woman, on the same page with a conductor.  My friends in the best symphony orchestras in the world tell me this sadly doesn't happen as often as we'd like to think.  You can instantly tell both by listening and watching this clip that the Royal Danish Orchestra was thrilled to have Leonard Bernstein on the podium.

The closeups of Bernstein are wonderful! His facial expressions convey the pure joy he frequently experienced on the podium.  Talk about a rewarding conductor to play for.  He was a master in the truest sense of the word.

Enjoy!