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Bernstein: West Side Story Suite / Bell, Zinman, Et Al


Release Date: 06/19/2001 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89358   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is also available in Super Audio format.
This selection was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Crossover Album."
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell turns his attention to the music of Leonard Bernstein with a program that features music from the composer's Broadway musicals, most notably 'West Side Story.' The album opens with a suite constructed by William David Brohn of themes from that fabled score, a finely wrought musical tapestry that serves as a showcase for Bell's prodigious artistry. The violinist works his way through the familiar melodies and two cadenzas with his usual combination of dazzling technique and lustrous tone.
Bell further demonstrates the range of his talent in songs from other
Read more Bernstein musicals: Brohn's arrangements of "Lonely Town" and "New York, New York" from 'On The Town,' and John Corigliano's adaptation of "Make Our Garden Grow" from 'Candide.' The album also includes one of Bernstein's finest concert works, "Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium,'" here given a powerfully vivid reading by Bell. David Zinman and the Philharmonia Orchestra provide fine support throughout this well-conceived tribute to a musical giant. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
West Side Story: Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William David Brohn 
2.
On the Town: Lonely town by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William David Brohn 
3.
Candide: Make our garden grow by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Corigliano. 
4.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
On the Town: New York, New York by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: William David Brohn. 

Sound Samples

West Side Story Suite (Stereo)
Lonely Town from On the Town
Make Our Garden Grow from Candide (Stereo)
1. Phaedrus. Pausanias (Stereo)
2. Aristophanes (Stereo)
3. Eryximachus (Stereo)
4. Agathon (Stereo)
5. Socrates. Alcibiades (Stereo)
New York, New York from On the Town

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