AUSTRIA (2018)- Leonard Bernstein Anniversary
The connection between Bernstein, Mahler and musical Vienna is worthy of a monument. None of these three can be defined today without mentioning the others. More than any other conductor, Bernstein is credited with reviving Mahler’s opus, through performances, broadcasts, recordings and films made with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – VPO), who, as a result, atoned for their earlier wrongs against Mahler during his lifetime, if never quite shedding the history of their Nazi era shame. Through his Vienna recordings (and films of rehearsals), Bernstein’s interpretations continue to inspire today’s classical musicians.