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Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish" / Alsop, Baltimore Symphony

Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559742   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Paulo MestreClaire BloomKelley Nassief
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra MembersSao Paulo Symphony ChoirBaltimore Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Three examples of Leonard Bernstein’s vocal art can be heard in this recording. His Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ shuns traditional symphonic ideas in favor of an eclectic theatrical and oratorio-like form with a prominent rôle for speaker. For this recording, Marin Alsop has returned to the work’s original narrative text, heard before the 1977 revision. The Lark – heard in a concert version with added narration – derives from Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of L’Alouette on the life of Joan of Arc, and it was this music that Bernstein reworked into his Missa Brevis many years later. Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony since 2007 and Principal Conductor the São Paulo Symphony since 2013, the NYC-born Marin Alsop is recognized Read more across the world for her innovative programming as well as her bold, audience-expanding community and education outreach initiatives.

[Kaddish is] recorded here in a performance of great conviction from Marin Alsop, with the wonderful Claire Bloom achieving a happy medium between the declamatory and the confidential…there are instances of pure gold - a consoling lullaby at the heart of the piece (featuring limpid soprano Kelley Nassief) which Bernstein called his 'Pietà'.

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Works on This Recording

Missa Brevis by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Paulo Mestre (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra Members,  Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Symphony no 3 "Kaddish" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Claire Bloom (Narrator), Kelley Nassief (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Washington Chorus,  Maryland State Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1963; USA 
The Lark by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Paulo Mestre (Countertenor), Claire Bloom (Narrator)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra Members,  Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 

Customer Reviews

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 American & Jewish revelation July 18, 2017 By robert sauerbrey (lawrenceburg, IN) See All My Reviews "Marin Alsop's interpretation of Bernstein's 3rd symphony, Kaddish, realizes the reality of what America has meant to Judaism and also what Judaism has meant to America. This is not folksy Americana but a statement of. the pain and peace that the Jewish community has experienced in the U.S. and that that same community has brought to the heart of the American experience. We are a nation of diversity, despite the panderers of 'make America great again' vision of a world that never existed. Jewish artists, writers, and musicians revolutionize the vision of America as both a hope and as a failure from which we can learn. Bernstein's Kaddish is recited both for his own Jewish people and for an America in danger of dying to its own best hopes." Report Abuse
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