Kultur Video’s first boxed set of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People's Concerts was the most eagerly awaited DVD release in Classical Music history. The set has sold many tens of thousands of copies and continues to be extremely popular.
Now Kultur introduces the magnificent second volume of the Concerts, featuring 27 programs on nine DVDs and completing the series. Bernstein’s combination of exceptional performances and clear, inspirational lecture superbly convey his own excitement about music. This beautiful new set will create further enthusiasm for the genre among young and old music lovers alike.
In 1962, the Young People's Concerts became the first series of concerts ever televised from Lincoln Center. All of them were telecast on CBS at prime time, and syndicated in over 40 countries, introducing an entire generation to the joys of classical music.
Doreen Rao's newly adapted and edited concert selections of Bernstein's epic theater piece brings us this monumental music in a shortened and manageable edition for chorus, solists and chamber orchestra. In this edition for school, community and church choirs, Rao has maintained the integrity of the Mass form and the dramatic tension between faith and doubt through a 40-minute adaptation of a work that celebrates diversity, inclusion and Bernstein's passion for peace.