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American Classics - Bernstein: Dybbuk, Fancy Free


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Mel UlrichMark P. RisingerSam BaccoAbby Burke,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not too many listeners are Dybbuk admirers, and even Bernstein's supporters find this music less interesting than much else that he wrote. The fact that the music resorts to some dodecaphonic and numerological compositional techniques isn't a point in its favor, though in actual sonority it's entirely characteristic of Bernstein, and at this late date it's easy to hear that his personality inhabits every bar. If there's a problem with the piece, it likely stems from the fact that the overall impression it makes is a bit glum, lacking in that special snap that makes his best work so memorable. Certainly the supernatural subject is a dark one, and it calls forth plenty of eerie, atmospheric scoring; but the actual musical material seems Read more stretched thinly over the work's 45 minutes (48, if you're the composer). Bernstein recorded the complete work for Sony, but broke it up into a pair of suites for his DG remakes. I do prefer the original; the music is what it is, and over time it has grown on me--and might well do so for you too.


Fancy Free of course is delightful, and often recorded, but this performance holds its own with the best--and I frankly prefer Andrew Mogrelia to the composer in Dybbuk. He's just that much livelier, and the Nashville Symphony sounds as inside the idiom as the New York Philharmonic of several decades' past. This newcomer also is better recorded than Bernstein's performances either on Sony or DG, and the excellent version of "Hot Stuff" that opens Fancy Free also is a plus. If you're a Bernstein fan, you will certainly want this.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dybbuk by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Mel Ulrich (Baritone), Mark P. Risinger (Bass)
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 45 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
2.
Fancy Free: Introduction "Big Stuff" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Sam Bacco (Drums), Abby Burke (Voice), Roger Spencer (Double Bass),
Stephen Kummer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/31/2006 
Venue:  Studio B, Middle Tennessee State Univers 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Fancy Free: Enter Three Sailors by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
4.
Fancy Free: Scene at the bar by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
5.
Fancy Free: Girl's Entrance by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
6.
Fancy Free: Pas de deux by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
7.
Fancy Free: Competition Scene by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
8.
Fancy Free: Galop by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
9.
Fancy Free: Waltz by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
10.
Fancy Free: Danzon by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 
11.
Fancy Free: Finale by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Venue:  Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN (05/14/2005 - 05/16/2005) 

Sound Samples

Dybbuk: Part I: I. Invocation and Trance
Dybbuk: Part I: II. The Fathers (David and Jonathan) - The Pledge
Dybbuk: Part I: III. Variation O - Messengers (Angelic Messengers)
Dybbuk: Part I: IIIa. Kabbalah
Dybbuk: Part I: IV. Dream
Dybbuk: Part II: IVa. Kabbalah
Dybbuk: Part II: V. Variation A
Dybbuk: Part II: VI. Variation M
Dybbuk: Part II: VII. Variation N
Dybbuk: Part II: VIII. Variation X
Dybbuk: Part II: IX. Variation Y
Dybbuk: Part II: X. Variation Z
Dybbuk: Part III: XI. Alchemy - Variation O
Dybbuk: Part III: XII. Leah (Maidens' Dance)
Dybbuk: Part III: XIII. Possession
Dybbuk: Part III: XIV. Demon
Dybbuk: Part III: XV. Pas de deux
Dybbuk: Part III: XVI. Exorcism
Dybbuk: Part III: XVII. The Community (Reprise and Coda)
Fancy Free: Big Stuff
Fancy Free: Enter Three Sailors
Fancy Free: Scene at the Bar
Fancy Free: Enter Two Girls
Fancy Free: Pas de deux
Fancy Free: Competition Scene
Fancy Free: 3 Dance Variations: Variation 1: Galop
Fancy Free: 3 Dance Variations: Variation 2: Waltz
Fancy Free: 3 Dance Variations: Variation 3: Danzon
Fancy Free: Finale

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