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Essential Leonard Bernstein / Bernstein, Ludwig, Gedda, Et Al


Release Date: 09/18/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471518   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Rebecca LukerPeter SchmidlAdolph GreenJerry Hadley,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinJohn Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraNational Symphony, Washington, D. C.Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Deutsche Grammophon’s inexpensive, generously filled “Essential Leonard Bernstein” compilation, from 2001, includes pieces cited elsewhere as favorites of my colleagues. What makes the set compulsory for me is its inclusion of two brief celebratory works: “Slava!,” a tribute to the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, and “A Musical Toast,” dedicated to the conductor André Kostelanetz. These express in microcosm practically everything we value about Bernstein’s music; whacking timpani in them repeatedly during high school and college made me a fan for life."

-- Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
"Deutsche Grammophon’s inexpensive, generously filled “Essential Leonard Bernstein” compilation, from 2001, includes pieces cited elsewhere as favorites of my colleagues. What makes the set compulsory for me is its inclusion of two brief celebratory works: “Slava!,” a tribute to the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, and “A Musical Toast,” dedicated to the conductor André Kostelanetz. These express in microcosm practically everything we value about Bernstein’s music; whacking timpani in them repeatedly during high school and college made me a fan for life."

-- Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
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Works on This Recording

1.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Wonderful Town: A little bit in love by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Rebecca Luker (Voice)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
On the Town: Three Dance episodes by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Facsimile by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Peter Schmidl (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1955; United States 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Slava by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
A Musical Toast by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8.
Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Candide: Best of all possible worlds by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Adolph Green (Tenor), Jerry Hadley (Tenor), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano),
June Anderson (Soprano), Kurt Ollmann (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Candide: Oh, happy we by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor), June Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Candide: Glitter and be gay by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  June Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Candide: I am easily assimilated by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Candide: Make our garden grow by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano),
Adolph Green (Tenor), Kurt Ollmann (Baritone), June Anderson (Soprano),
Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 

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