(cover painting by HRH Prince of Wales. The CD was originally sold in aid of the Prince's Charities Trust).
Leonard Bernstein confounded the popular myth of the conductor, as merely an "accompanist". In piano concertos, for instance, he performed a double role ; not merely the subjective illuminator of the many dark corners of orchestral scores, but also the objective expert, on the technical and spiritual problems, which face pianists. Bernstein always managed to combine these roles, not only with great originality, but also with honesty.
Leonard Bernstein always looked at scores in the light of his own activity as a composer ; the poetry and energy with which he presented them came from his insights into the craft, of composition.
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No.1 in E-flat major, by Liszt (18:21) :-
1) I Allegro maestoso 2) II Quasi Adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato 3) III Allegro marziale animato - Presto
(New York Philharmonic ; Andre Watts - piano)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43, by Rachmaninov (22:59) :-
4) Intro. Allegro vivace 5) Variation I (Precedente) 6) Variation II L'istesso tempo 7) Var.III L'istesso tempo 8) Var.IV Piu vivo 9) Var.V Tempo precedente 10) Var.VI L'istesso tempo 11) Var.VII Meno mosso, a tempo moderato 12) Var.VIII Tempo I 13) Var.IX L'istesso tempo 14) Var.X A 2 poco marcato 15) Var.XI Moderato 16) Var.XII Tempo di Minuetto 17) Var.XIII Allegro 18) Var.XIV L'istesso tempo 19) Var.XV Piu vivo. Scherzando 20) Var.XVI Allegretto 21) Var.XVII Poco marcato 22) Var.XVIII Andante cantabile 23) Var.XIX L'istesso tempo 24) Var.XX Un poco piu vivo 25) Var.XXI Un poco piu vivo 26) Var.XXII Un poco piu vivo (alla breve) 27) Var.XXIII L'istesso tempo 28) Var.XXIV A tempo un poco meno mosso
(New York Philharmonic ; Gary Graffman - piano)
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in G major, by Ravel (21:34) :-
29) I Allegramente 30) II Adagio assai 31) III Presto
(Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Bernstein - piano)
The CD is in EX+ condition.