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Bernstein: Symphony No 1 & 2 / Slatkin, Bbc So, Et Al


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 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 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 Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah": I. Prophecy: Largamente -
Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah": II. Profanation: Vivace con brio -
Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah": III. Lamentation: Lento
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Prologue: Lento moderato -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 1: L'istesso tempo -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 2: Poco piu mosso -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 3: Largamente, ma mosso -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 4: Piu mosso -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 5: -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 6: Poco meno mosso -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 7: L'istesso tempo -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 8: Molto moderato, ma movendo -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 9: Piu mosso [tempo di valse] -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 10: Piu mosso -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 11: L'istesso tempo -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Stages: L'istesso tempo -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 14: L'istesso tempo [poco piu vivace]
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part II: The Dirge: Largo -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part II: The Masque: Extremely fast -
Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety": Part II: The Epilogue: L'istesso tempo
Divertimento: I. Sennets and Tuckets: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
Divertimento: II. Waltz: Allegretto, con grazia
Divertimento: III. Mazurka: Mesto [molto moderato]
Divertimento: IV. Samba: Allegro giusto
Divertimento: V. Turkey Trot: Allegretto, ben misurato
Divertimento: VI. Sphinxes: Adagio lugubre -
Divertimento: VII: Blues: Slow blues tempo
Divertimento: VIII: In memoriam: March, "The BSO Forever": Andante

Customer Reviews

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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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