I don't know about you, but my Monday could sure use a video of Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic doing Mahler's First Symphony. This is simply breathtaking stuff. Enjoy!
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This is my absolute favorite orchestral recording of all time. Leonard Bernstein was known as a virtuosic interpreter of a number of composers and Shostakovich was one of them. This recording of Shostakovich 7 is as fine an example of the great brass tradition of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as exists. There is something about this piece, this orchestra, this conductor. It's just perfect.
This YouTube clip actually has the score of the symphony scrolling by in real time with the music. If you've never heard this before, I would encourage you to get a pair of headphones, ignore the score, close your eyes, and prepare to be taken on a journey.
I'm pretty sure Bernstein is smiling somewhere every time someone hears this recording for the first time and does a fist pump.
What can you say about this guy? Stefan Dohr is on everyone's short list for best horn player in the world. Like, everyone's list. And seeing as how he's not even 50 yet, he has a long career ahead of him. Dohr is the principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic and teaches at the Herbert von Karajan Academy. He is a special talent to say the least.
This video is of him playing one of the most famous horn solos in the orchestral repertoire, from the 2nd movement of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, sure makes this excerpt sound easy. The best players in the world give the rest of us the feeling of "Hey! That doesn't seem that hard. I bet I could do it."
If only it were that easy. Get ready for some effortless and spectacular phrasing.
Clips like this one are why the internet was invented. YouTube is just a mind-blowing musical resource. It really is amazing how many clips like this one are out there. I attended my first concert of the season at Tanglewood yesterday. Every time I am there I am reminded of Leonard Bernstein. I've never seen a conductor command an audience and an ensemble as well as he did. He was a truly gifted musician and communicator.
This is the final movement of Shostakovich 5 recording live by the New York Philharmonic in 1979. What an incredible performance. The intensity on Bernstein's face at the end of this clip is both amazing and genuine. Thank goodness we have performances from the past like this one on video. There's so much to learn from them.