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Bernstein: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Deyoung, Tocco, Slatkin

Bernstein / Tocco / Deyoung / Latkin / Bbc Sym
Release Date: 09/25/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9889   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Michelle DeYoungJames Tocco
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As might be expected, Leonard Slatkin turns in stylish and idiomatic performances of these established Bernstein classics. He hasn't quite Lenny's manic energy in such passages as the Jeremiah Symphony's middle movement, but then again who does? Certainly there's nothing second rate in the playing of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, nor in Michelle DeYoung's movingly sung concluding "Lamentation" or James Tocco's bright and breezy take on The Age of Anxiety's jazzy solo part (his "Seven Stages" variations sound particularly zesty). Slatkin knows how to build Bernstein's climaxes with unashamed enthusiasm too: the epic closing pages of the Second Symphony achieve grandeur without a trace of bombast. And there's no denying that he characterizes Read more the charming vignettes that comprise the Divertimento with as much gusto as did Lenny himself. The "Turkey Trot" is especially delightful, with snappy percussion to the fore. Chandos captures the whole production in bold, gratifyingly clear sound, though a touch less resonance would have served the music's rhythmic foundations a bit better. As a survey of Bernstein the "serious" composer, this disc earns an enthusiastic recommendation, even if it doesn't quite beat the master.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  James Tocco (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Divertimento for Orchestra by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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 Not a Bernstein Fan March 9, 2013 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "I've never particularly liked Bernstein's compositions with West Side Story being the only exception. I got the MP3 version of this just to give him another listen. Listened to it twice but it did not change my mind. This will probably spend it's entire life on the bench. I thought the performance was very good however." Report Abuse
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