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Bernstein: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite, Slava!, CBS Music & A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet / Alsop, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 10/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559813  
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinLuciano BerioLeon KirchnerJacob Druckman,   ... 
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording brings together music from some of Leonard Bernstein’s best-loved scores with seldom heard occasional works and premiere recordings. From the iconic musical West Side Story, the hot-blooded dance number ‘Mambo’ embodies the show’s dramatic tensions. ‘Slava!’ celebrates Bernstein’s friend and colleague, the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, in music reworked from the daring show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, from which the Suite rescues further highlights. ‘CBS Music’ has not ben heard since the broadcasting giant’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 1978, while the ‘Birthday Bouquet’ takes the form of affectionate musical tributes from eight composer colleagues to one of the twentieth century’s greatest musicians. Marin Read more Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene who passionately believes that “music has the power to change lives.” She became music director of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and made history in 2013 as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, which she returned to conduct in 2015. As a student of Leonard Bernstein, Alsop is central to his 100th anniversary celebrations, conducting Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ at the Ravina Festival, where she serves as musical curator for 2018 and 2019. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
West Side Story: Mambo by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
2.
Slava by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
3.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
4.
CBS Music by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
5.
On the Town: Times Square by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
6.
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: For Lenny by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
7.
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: N.Y. Connotations by Leon Kirchner
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
8.
Variations on Leonard Bernstein's New York, New York by Jacob Druckman
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
9.
For Lenny by Lukas Foss
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
10.
For Lenny, with Love - And Candor by John Corigliano
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
11.
To Lenny! To Lenny! by John Williams
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
12.
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: For Lenny's Birthday by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Japan 
13.
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: Let's Hear It For Lenny! by William Schuman
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Customer Reviews

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 A mentorship bears fruit October 16, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "I was just catching my breath after the August 2018 Leonard Bernstein Centennial when two Naxos re-issues, both of them marvellous discs, showed up from Sao Paulo. These are from the Marin Alsop Leonard Bernstein Anniversary box set released by Naxos early in 2018. Alsop, who studied under Bernstein at Tanglewood, conducts her Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) in an exciting and (almost) timely mix of occasional pieces and more substantial works. Naxos provides their usual high production values: vivid sound and interesting and informative documentation. Thirty years before last month's Centennial bash there was a big celebration at Tanglewood for Bernstein's 70th birthday. The Boston Symphony had commissioned some distinguished composers to write short tributes to Lenny. My favourite is this fun piece by Luciano Berio; it has a cute ending!" Report Abuse
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