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Bernstein, Copland / Litton, De Waart, Hickox


Release Date: 02/01/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61612   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinAaron Copland
Performer:  Paul Searle-BarnesPaul TurnerJeffrey KahaneCrispian Steele-Perkins,   ... 
Conductor:  Edo De WaartAndrew LittonRichard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota OrchestraBournemouth Symphony OrchestraCity of London Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The backbone of Virgin’s compilation is Litton’s brilliant account of the ambitious Age of Anxiety Symphony, complemented by a raunchy Fancy Free. Vividly recorded, the Bournemouth orchestra is at least the equal of its Minnesota counterpart in attack and swing; though de Waart achieves a touchingly tender conclusion to the West Side Story Suite.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
The backbone of Virgin’s compilation is Litton’s brilliant account of the ambitious Age of Anxiety Symphony, complemented by a raunchy Fancy Free. Vividly recorded, the Bournemouth orchestra is at least the equal of its Minnesota counterpart in attack and swing; though de Waart achieves a touchingly tender conclusion to the West Side Story Suite.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Sd Ramin and Irwin Kostal 
2. On the Town: Three Dance episodes by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
3. Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Paul Searle-Barnes (Piano), Paul Turner (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
4. Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jeffrey Kahane (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
5. Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
6. Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
7. Quiet City by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Helen McQueen (English Horn)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 

Sound Samples

West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Prologue
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Somewhere
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Scherzo
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Mambo
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Cha-Cha
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Meeting Scene
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): 'Cool' Fugue
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Rumble
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Finale
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: I. The Great Lover
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: II. Lonely Town (Pas de deux)
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: III. Times Square: 1944
Fancy Free: Enter Three Sailors (Bernstein's 'Big Stuff' performed by Billie Holliday)
Fancy Free: Scene at the Bar
Fancy Free: Enter Two Girls
Fancy Free: Pas de deux
Fancy Free: Competition Scene
Fancy Free, Three Dance Variations:: I. - Galop
Fancy Free, Three Dance Variations:: II. - Waltz
Fancy Free, Three Dance Variations:: III. - Danzon
Fancy Free: Finale
Candide: Overture
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One: A. The Prologue
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation I - L'istesso tempo
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation II - Poco più lento
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation III - Largamente
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation IV - Più mosso
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation V
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation VI - Poco meno mosso
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, B. The Seven Ages: Variation VII - L'istesso tempo
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, C.The Seven Stages: Variation VIII - Molto moderato , ma movendo
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, C.The Seven Stages: Variation IX - Più mosso (Tempo di Valse)
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, C.The Seven Stages: Variation XI - L'istesso tempo
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, C.The Seven Stages: Variation XIII - L'istesso tempo
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part One, C.The Seven Stages: Variation XIV - Poco più vivace
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part Two: A. The Dirge
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part Two: B. The Masque
Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety), Part Two: C. The Epilogue
Appalachian Spring - Suite from the Ballet
Quiet city

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