Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic* - Larry Austin, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti ‎– Leonard Bernstein Conducts Music Of Our Time - Improvisations For Orchestra & Jazz Soloists, Out Of "Last Pieces", Improvisations By The Orchestra, Atmospheres

Columbia Masterworks ‎– MS 6733
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L. Bernstein Conducts new compositions by modern classical composers.
For the Larry Austin piece, he conducts the Orchestra, followed by the Jazz soloists.
The Four Improvisations by the Orchestra are actual modern classical orchestra improvisations conducted by Bernstein.

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  • Rights Society (A1): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (A2, B2): BMI
  • Other (Library Of Congress Catalog Card Number): R65-2210
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): XSM 79440
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): XSM 79441
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1, Stamped): XXSM-79440-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1, Stamped): XXSM-79441-2B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant)): o XXSM-79440-1C 1 p A 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant)): o XXSM-79441-2A 1 p 3



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September 1, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
Crucial in the rarified microgenre of orchestral improvisation.
Outside of Stockhausen's "carre" (+others), Wagner's "Die Meistersinger.." [not improvised but riot-scenes push the density of orchestration], this very happening LP from 1965 may be the only improvisin' philharmonic...
...in the gradient from 'free jazz' to 'third stream' to 'hard classical', we hav Globe Unity Orchestra and Cecil Taylor's stuff, over to Braxton and ending in Stockhausen and this stuff by the NYP...
...AND Penderecki who had an independent violin part for every violin in the orchestra (76 through-composed parts but density-push'd)...
...Where Nitsche is arranged in that idiomatic gradient is hard to say...to the left of Braxton and to the right of Bernstein?
Mahler's Symphony of 1,000 is so far to the right it's not in the gradient, but he gets improv-orch points for ambition...
...while THE DEVIL BELL HIPPIES are LEFT off the chart entirely despite being farm more improvised than any tux could allow.