Editors’ Notes Few pianists have lived as long with Leonard Bernstein’s imposing and virtuoso Second Symphony as Krystian Zimerman. In the 1980s he often performed it with the composer as conductor, and he brings a wealth of experience to his playing. Less impetuous than some, Zimerman’s playing is wonderfully deep—he’s thought hard about the seething emotional life of the work, inspired by W.H. Auden’s long, angst-ridden poem. Rattle and the great Berlin Philharmonic add further depth plus a beautiful patina to the sound, and the recording is spectacularly well-handled with a real sense of perspective.

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Leonard Bernstein on “The Age of Anxiety“ - Interview by Humphrey Burton
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 1. The Prologue
Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 1. The Prologue. Lento moderato
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 1. L'istesso tempo
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages
Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 2. Poco più mosso
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 3. Largamente, ma mosso
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 4. Più mosso
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 5. Agitato
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 6. Poco meno mosso
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 2. The Seven Ages. Variation 7. L'istesso tempo
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages
Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 8. Molto moderato, ma movendo
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 9. Più mosso. Tempo di Valse
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 10. Più mosso
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 11. L'istesso tempo
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 12. Poco più vivace
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 13: L'istesso tempo
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 1: 3. The Seven Stages. Variation 14: Poco più vivace
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 2
Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 2: 1. The Dirge. Largo
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 2: 2. The Masque. Extremely fast
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Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" Part 2: 3. The Epilogue. L'istesso tempo - Adagio - Andante - quasi cadenza - Lento molto
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