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Celebration Of Leonard Bernstein : Opening Night


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  San Francisco Symphony   Catalog #: 60020   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Dawn UpshawThomas HampsonChristine EbersoleYo-Yo Ma
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The San Francisco Symphony's all-Bernstein Carnegie Hall performance, broadcast on PBS's Great Performances, is now available on DVD through SFS Media. This DVD features music from West Side Story, Fancy Free, A Quiet Place, Mass and On the Town, with soloists Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, Christine Ebersole, and vocal and drama students from The Juilliard School.

R E V I E W S:

"It’s hard to bring off this kind of populist mix without seeming to pander. But Michael Tilson Thomas has the breadth, depth, and showmanship to do it." -- The New York Times

"From the opening Prologue, the music was driving yet imbued with a nuance and coloration that made the familiar music
Read more entirely fresh." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"…performed with rare, infectious gusto by Thomas and an all-star ensemble." -- New York Daily News

"…and hearing this great American orchestra play this music, one realizes that it takes an American orchestra to play it." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"…this is a show with something to say." -- Los Angeles Times

"…re-creating the master’s music with an exuberance that makes everyone glad to be there. A great show all around." -- Musical America

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Works on This Recording

1.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
2.
A Quiet Place: Act I Prologue by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983/1984; USA 
3.
A Quiet Place: You're Late by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983/1984; USA 
4.
A Quiet Place: Morning, good morning by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983/1984; USA 
5.
A Quiet Place: Act I Postlude by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983/1984; USA 
6.
On the Town: I can cook too by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Christine Ebersole (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
7.
Mass: Meditations (3) - no 1 by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
8.
Trouble in Tahiti: What a Movie by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
9.
Songfest: To What You Said by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
10.
Fancy Free: Danzon by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
11.
West Side Story: Gee, Officer Krupke by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Notes: This selection is performed by vocal and drama students from the Juilliard School.  
12.
Wonderful Town: Ya got me by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Christine Ebersole (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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