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Happy Birthday, Lenny!
Introducing Bernstein, the Composer
Best known as the composer of West Side Story, the all-round musical genius had a spectacular conducting style and a contagious enthusiasm for communicating his art.
It's very hard – or in fact it's impossible – to sum up Leonard Bernstein in just one word. Composer, conductor, educator he was quite simply one of the twentieth century's greatest figures in classical music. So his centenary year was always going to be a big deal, and a joyous excuse to remind ourselves of everything that he did for classical music.
However the fact that this centenary year falls now, rather than, say, ten years ago, is an especially joyous thing, because it's happening after the music streaming revolution, meaning that Bernstein's massive back catalogue of recordings is available to each and every one of us; and indeed what we're really hoping of Grammofy's homage to Bernstein is that it'll inspire and equip you to explore his recorded legacy further by yourselves.
So what have we got for you? Well, two collections: one focussed on his conducting, and this first one focussed on his compositions; and the five works we've got for you here are the Overture to his operetta Candide, his Symphony No 2 subtitled “The Age of Anxiety”, the Chichester Psalms, the Serenade after Plato's “Symposium”, and finally the cello and piano arrangement of his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. You'll notice that his two major musicals, West Side Story and On the Town, aren't in that list, and the reason is that we know you can find those on your own; so it's far more interesting to present you with concert music you may not otherwise have gravitated towards.
Happy Birthday, Lenny!
An introduction to Bernstein — Candide - Act I: Overture
Candide - Act I: Overture Preview Only
Leonard BernsteinNew York Philharmonic Orchestra — 1960
An introduction to Bernstein — Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra »The Age of Anxiety«
Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra »The Age of Anxiety« Preview Only
Leonard BernsteinNew York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, Philippe Entremont — 1966
An introduction to Bernstein — Chichester Psalms
Chichester Psalms Preview Only
Leonard BernsteinLeonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Singers, Abraham Kaplan, John Bogart
An introduction to Bernstein — Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" Preview Only
Leonard BernsteinNew York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, Zino Francescatti — 1966
An introduction to Bernstein, Ma — Clarinet Sonata (Transcribed for Cello & Piano)
Clarinet Sonata (Transcribed for Cello & Piano) Preview Only
Leonard Bernstein (arr. Yo-Yo Ma)Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane