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Bernstein: On the Waterfront / Lindberg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic


Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2278  
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



1944 saw the premiere of the ballet Fancy Free, 25-year old Leonard Bernstein’s first major composition as well as the first in a string of scores for the stage and film. In order to celebrate the centennial of Bernstein’s birth in 1918, Christian Lindberg has gathered music from five different productions spanning a period of 13 years – from Fancy Free to the iconic musical West Side Story, premiered in 1957. The disc is bookended by the sparkling and witty Overture to Candide and Three Dance Episodes from the musical On the Town. Also included is the substantial Symphonic Suite from ‘On the Waterfront’, developed by Bernstein from the score he wrote for Elia Kazan’s
Read more classic film. The drama of this tale of love and betrayal set amid the docks of Hoboken in New Jersey is brought out by Bernstein’s music, which seethes with dramatic tension. Making its first appearance on BIS in these flamboyant and life-enhancing scores, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra clearly relishes the opportunity to let its collective hair down. The players are egged on by Lindberg, known for his ability to energize both orchestras and audiences.

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REVIEW:

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic put on such a good show throughout this disc. The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story find them rounding corners that challenge the very best big bands. The all-dancing aspects of the disc do Bernstein’s struttin’ NYC style proud.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
2.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
3.
Fancy Free: Three dance Variations. 1. Galop by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
4.
Fancy Free: Three dance Variations. 2. Waltz by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
5.
Fancy Free: Three dance Variations. 3. Danzon by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
6.
On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
7.
On the Town: Three Dance episodes by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 

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