Bernstein conducts Schumann: Symphony No. 2 & Cello Concerto

Bernstein conducts Schumann: Symphony No. 2 & Cello Concerto

Wiener Philharmoniker

Production Date: 06/11/1985
64 Min

Leonard Bernstein conducts Schumann's imposing Second Symphony alongside the Cello Concerto in these 1985 performances filmed as part of a complete cycle of the composer's orchestral works. As with his cycles of works by Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms, Bernstein conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker. The soloist in the Cello Concerto – a work still often underappreciated, despite its many beauties – is the young Mischa Maisky, while Bernstein and the orchestra turn in a characteristically individual and beautifully played performance of the Symphony, a work born out of a troubled period in Schumann's life but which, after the Romantic brooding of the third movement, culminates in a finale of irresistible optimism.

Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein

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