I firmly believe that Leonard Bernstein found his pinnacle as a conductor with his years with the Vienna Philharmonic. After the angry and disgraceful departure of Karajan, the
orchestra welcomed the amicable and enormously talented Bernstein with open arms.They both had a lot to give to each other: VPO its incredible skill,long history of musical tradition, superb virtuosity and sound and Lenny his emotional commitment, interpretive gifts ,( specially in Mahler), plus his talents as a composer. They got along very well. Out of this happy symbiosis this unbelievable recording was born, not the least with the help of Deutsche Gramophone's fine engineers.
To cut the story short: This recording is given a "rosette" by Penguin Guide and is rated as one of the essential discs of the works. From the first note of the Jupiter onward we are captured by the authoritative grip of Bernstein and the rich, full sound of the Philharmonic. All instruments, the strings, winds , the bases come out brilliantly. The incredible last movement of the Jupiter is something I have never heard before, the virtuosity of the orchestra and Berstein's sustained control and command is simply astounding.
The G-minor symphony which is exactly opposite in mood, rhythm and its forces is also a very good performance, just the right tempo at the beginning and light on its feet in the last movement. Top recommendation. Do not hesitate to buy this disc,
sound is remastered digital, but demonstration quality.