Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 / Missa in Tempore
Released for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray, Leonard Bernstein's interpretations of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16 and Haydn's Missa in tempore belli are quite superb. Only the strings of the Vienna Philharmonic could carry off the orchestral rendition of Beethoven's opus 135 with bravura, since each player is a true soloist. Bernstein and the orchestra wanted to play a difficult Beethoven Quartet in a monster setting, achieving a truly exciting performance unlike anything one ever hears.