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Bernstein: Kaddish Symphony, Chichester Psalms / Sado, Menuhin


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 492540   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Karita MattilaYehudi MenuhinSoazig GregoireMichèle Norman-Webb,   ... 
Conductor:  Yehudi MenuhinYutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF ChorusORTF Philharmonic OrchestraMaîtrise de Radio France
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I was fortunate enough to be present when Yutaka Sado won the Bernstein conducting competition in Jerusalem in 1995. His considerable musicianship, seriousness of purpose and genuine fondness for Bernstein’s music were evident then and are amply revealed on this new disc, which takes on a sadly additional significance in being something of a valediction to the great spirit of Yehudi Menuhin.

Kaddish is not ‘easy’ Bernstein. It contains some of his most angry and angular music though, at its heart, is a melting lullaby for soprano and children’s choir which Karita Mattila sings here with sublime devotion as well as her customary dramatic intensity. Menuhin is a restrained narrator; considerably more phlegmatic than those on
Read more the composer’s two recordings. While something of Lenny’s essential character is lost in a delivery which determinedly eschews the histrionic, the moments of contemplation and compassion are heartfelt and the humanity always shines through.

-- David Wilkins, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 "Kaddish" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano), Yehudi Menuhin (Narrator)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Chorus,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra,  Maîtrise de Radio France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1963; USA 
2.
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Soazig Gregoire (Alto), Michèle Norman-Webb (Soprano), Joseph Mills (Boy Soprano),
Patrick Ivorra (Bass), Masao Takeda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Chorus,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 

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