The Sound of Leonard Bernstein

 
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LEONARD BERNSTEIN
The Sound of Leonard Bernstein
Wayne Marshall (piano) London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony / Simon Rattle, André Previn, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton

[ Warner Classics / 3 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 30 March 2018

Few personalities of our time unite so many diverse talents with such passion, generosity and charisma as the immensely gifted American composer, pianist, conductor and music communicator Leonard Bernstein, world citizen and all-round star. His death in October 1990 did nothing to diminish his legacy, still deeply felt to this day, 100 years after his birth.

He was the epitome of a universal musical genius: Leonard Bernstein - conductor, composer, pianist and music educator, a crossover artist in the purest sense of the word. Maestro of a vast repertoire from classical to jazz, from songs to symphonies, he gave America its musical voice. With the global success of West Side Story and many other works he tore down genre barriers, and with his books and legendary televised appearances opened people's ears and hearts to music from Bach and Beethoven to modern times. Featuring performances by great international classical musicians, 'The Sound of Bernstein' brings together his most famous works to commemorate 100 years since his birth on 25 August 2018.

"The recordings are good or very good throughout - all digital in provenance. With brief but apposite notes and attractive presentation, this CD, will doubtless sell well and deserves to do so. I don't think many purchasers would regret buying this CD."
(MusicWeb on the original double CD release)

Tracks:

CD 1:
Candide - Overture
London Symphony Orchestra · André Previn

Facsimile Choreographic essay for orchestra
Wayne Marshall piano City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra · Paavo Järvi

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (original version)
Divertimento for Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra · Paavo Järvi

Wonderful Town - Overture
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group · Sir Simon Rattle

Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for solo clarinet and jazz ensemble
Sabine Meyer clarinet
Wayne Marshall piano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra · Paavo Järvi

CD 2:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 1976 - Songs
1 I. The President Jefferson March
2 II. Duet for One
Judy Kaye, Kevin Colson, David Gaines, Tracey Miller, Lynda Richardson, Ambrosian Chorus · London Sinfonietta, John McGlinn

Symphony No. 2 for piano and orchestra "The Age of Anxiety" after W.H. Auden
Jeffrey Kahane piano
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra · Andrew Litton

"Fancy Free", Ballet
Paul Searle-Barnes (piano)
Paul Turner (drums)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra · Andrew Litton

CD 3:
Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish" for orchestra, mixed chorus, boys' choir , speaker and soprano solo (1963, rev. 1977)
Chichester Psalms for mixed choir, boy soloist and orchestra
Joseph Mills soprano
(The Choir of New College, Oxford)
Michelle Norman-Web soprano · Soazig Grégoire contralto