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Bernstein: The Age Of Anxiety; Bolcom /Hamelin, Sitkovetsky


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67170   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinWilliam Bolcom
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
Conductor:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Age of Anxiety" hasn't lacked for excellent recordings, specifically those by Litton/Kahane (Virgin) and Bernstein/Foss (Sony), not to mention Lenny's two later recordings for Sony and DG respectively, both of which are also very fine. Marc-André Hamelin and Dmitri Sitkovetsky don't quite reach the same level, and this becomes particularly evident in the second part's "The Masque", where for all the virtuosity on display you just wish the performers would relax and play with the music a bit more. Also, Sitkovetsky reigns in the closing pages just when a touch of healthy, triumphant vulgarity would have done the trick. Still, it's a good performance, and the Bolcom coupling is marvelous. Hamelin has a field day with this Ivesian send-up Read more of American patriotic and popular tunes both real and imagined, offering playing of startling brilliance and wit. Of course, the competition is non-existent here, and there's always the possibility that someone someday may come along and do it better, but I'd hazard a guess that this version will more than hold its own against any future competitors. More to the point, the two works make for an extremely enjoyable and effective pairing, and have been very well recorded too.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
2. Concerto for Piano by William Bolcom
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 

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