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Bernstein: Marin Alsop's Complete Naxos Recordings


Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8508018  
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinLuciano BerioLeon KirchnerJacob Druckman,   ... 
Performer:  Jean-Yves ThibaudetPaulo MestreKelley NassiefTimothy Walden,   ... 
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo Symphony Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 9 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here, in one convenient box, are all of Marin Alsop’s Bernstein recordings for Naxos–eight CDs worth–performances as fine as Bernstein’s own, and sometimes even better. This version of Mass, which Alsop regards as Bernstein’s masterpiece, is the new reference version. Her accounts of the symphonies are fabulous, uniformly. Alsop chooses (mostly) the original version of Kaddish, and makes it work beautifully, despite all of the “talking” (as Bernstein put it). The choirs sing gloriously, with unusual clarity and intensity (sound clip). Several of the individual discs have already been reviewed, and you can check out those earlier discussions for details. Perhaps the most interesting collection is
Read more Disc No. 7, which includes the Suite from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, CBS Music, the ballet from On the Town, and A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet, eight variations on the song New York, New York by Berio, Corigliano, Druckman, Foss, Kirchner, Schuman, Takemitsu and Williams. You also get, on Disc 8, Anniversaries for Orchestra, well-made orchestrations by Garth Edwin Sunderland of the eponymous piano pieces. There are are a few major works missing here: the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (although the Mambo is included as a separate item)–not a big deal in my opinion as there are a million fine versions out there already, the ballet Dybbuk, and the Concerto for Orchestra. Otherwise, everything that matters is here. The orchestras (Baltimore, Bournemouth, São Paulo) play wonderfully, the sonics are terrific, but most importantly Alsop’s identification with the idiom is so compelling that she makes an ideal case for the music’s viability under the leadership of an artist other than the composer, and the value of that can’t be underestimated. You also get a DVD documentary about Bernstein, Larger than Life, that’s not bad. Alsop contributes an interview, and Bernstein’s three children offer useful commentary. While obviously hagiographic, it’s not sappy, and it deals honestly but gently with some of the man’s personal quirks and shortcomings. It’s very watchable. This is an essential set not just for Bernstein fans, but for anyone who cares about 20th century music more generally, for it makes a very powerful case for seeing Bernstein in this context.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah" by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
2.
Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
3.
Missa Brevis by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Paulo Mestre (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
4.
Symphony no 3 "Kaddish" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Kelley Nassief (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Washington Chorus,  Maryland Boy Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1963; USA 
5.
The Lark by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Paulo Mestre (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 
6.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Timothy Walden (Cello), Philippe Quint (Violin)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
7.
Facsimile by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
8.
Divertimento for Orchestra by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
9.
Mass by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jubilant Sykes (Baritone), Asher Edward Wulfman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Morgan State University Choir,  Peabody Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
10.
On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1954 rev 1955 
11.
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jeremy Budd (Tenor), Victoria Nayler (Soprano), Elisabeth Franklin-Kitchen (Soprano),
Paul Charrier (Bass), Thomas Kelly (Treble)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
12.
On the Town: Three Dance episodes by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
13.
West Side Story: Mambo by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
14.
Slava by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
15.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
16.
CBS Music by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
17.
On the Town: Times Square by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
18.
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: For Lenny by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
19.
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: N.Y. Connotations by Leon Kirchner
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
20.
Variations on Leonard Bernstein's New York, New York by Jacob Druckman
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
21.
For Lenny (Variation on New York, New York) by Lukas Foss
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
22.
For Lenny, with Love - And Candor by John Corigliano
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
23.
For Lenny! For Lenny! by John Williams
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
24.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
25.
Fancy Free: Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
26.
Anniversaries by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
27.
Wonderful Town: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 

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