Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Wiener Philharmoniker, Choir and Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk
Artists : Judith Blegen, Brigitte Fassbaender, Claes H. Ahnsjö, Hans Sotin
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 (Version for String Orchestra) / Haydn:
Missa in tempore belli
Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 135 was the last work he would complete before his death. Especially in the poignant slow movement, this otherworldy masterpiece can be read as the farewell music of a genius. In 1989, less than a year before his own death, Bernstein delivered a powerful and now legendary live performance of this work – transcribed for string orchestra and played by the Vienna Philharmonic. For the first time ever, this famous concert is now being released on DVD and Blu-ray. Another definitive Bernstein performance debuting now on both mediums is the enigmatic maestro’s reading of Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, filmed live in concert at Ottobeuren in 1984, using to maximum effect the deeply impressive setting of the monastery’s magnificent Baroque basilica.