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Leonard Bernstein

Biography

Born: 1918   Died: 1990   Country: USA   Period: 20th Century
As composer, conductor, and educator, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) emerged as one of a handful of figures in the twentieth century who truly changed the face of music. As a composer, Bernstein left a far-reaching legacy that includes three symphonies, a film score of singular distinction, (On the Waterfront), and an important body of stage works, including one of the cornerstones of American musical theater, West Side Story (1957). The first Read more American-born conductor to attain international superstardom, Bernstein made a profound impression on audiences; his podium manner was dynamic, even flamboyant, to an extent never before witnessed. Bernstein's extroverted manner attracted much criticism from those who dismissed him as a mere exhibitionist; his advocates, however, far outnumbered his detractors.

Born in Lawrence, MA, Bernstein made his mark first as a composer. He attended Harvard University, where he studied with Walter Piston among other distinguished figures. Occasionally he wrote popular songs on the side using the pseudonym Lenny Amber ("amber" being the English translation of the word "Bernstein"). His works of the 1940s, both weighty and light, brought him considerable acclaim; the single year of 1944 saw the premieres of two especially well-received scores, the Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah", and the ballet Fancy Free. During his sometimes rocky tenure (1958-1969) as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Bernstein brought that ensemble to a new level of prestige and popularity: every Bernstein concert and recording became a much-anticipated event. Through his association with the New York Philharmonic and a neverending stream of guest engagements worldwide, Bernstein became particularly renowned as an interpreter of Mahler and Copland; he did much to carve out the prominent place in the orchestral concert repertory that both composers now maintain. Already well-known by the time he took over the New York Philharmonic, Bernstein became truly famous in 1958, with the first of his series of televised Young People's Concerts, fondly remembered by many as their introduction to the world of classical music. Among the first group of students to receive training at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, Bernstein soon became the institution's guiding light, serving as teacher and mentor for generations of musicians. Though he remained a giant of the podium until the very end, Bernstein curtailed his conducting activities in later years in order to spend more time composing. Little of Bernstein's music from the 1970s on has attained the same level of popularity achieved by his earlier works; still, it comprises a distinguished, substantial body of work that includes Mass (1971), the opera A Quiet Place (1983), and the song cycle Arias and Barcarolles (1988). Read less
Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 301330   Number of Discs: 80
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Bernstein: Arias And Barcarolles; Barber, Diamond / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559709   Number of Discs: 1
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An American Panorama - Bernstein, Harris, Copland / Mata
Release Date: 08/31/1993   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 90170   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Bernstein: Symphony No 2, Etc
Release Date: 07/15/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559099   Number of Discs: 1
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Milken Archive - Bernstein - A Jewish Legacy / Adler, Et Al
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559407   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Candide: Overture

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    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    If You Could Read My Mind / Cameron Carpenter
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 379688 Release Date: 08/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cameron Carpenter,  Leonard Bernstein,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Cameron Carpenter
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    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Armenian Dances / John Boyd, Taiwan Wind Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573028 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude T. Smith,  Chia-Ying Chiang  ... 
    Conductor:  John Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taiwan Wind Ensemble
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    Bernstein: Transcriptions For Wind Band / University Of South Carolina Wind Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573056 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Scott Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University Of South Carolina Wind Ensemble
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    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Cécile Ousset,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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    Bernstein: Candide Overture; Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Svetlanov
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5078 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    American Classics - Bernstein, Gershwin, Mancini / Clamor, Krautwurst, Saxon Wind Philharmonic
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 12247 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Henry Mancini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Ines Agnes Krautwurst
    Conductor:  Thomas Clamor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Wind Philharmonic
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    Imaginary Landscapes - Sounds of America [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44290 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Scott Joplin,  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ralph Grierson,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Barry Tuckwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Foley,  George Sponhaltz,  Felix Slatkin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band,  Southland Stingers,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein Conducts Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7880862 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Benny Goodman,  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band,  Norman Scribner Choir  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mind Meld - Works For   Piano  Four Hands / Zofo Duet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92151 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Shapero,  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
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    John Williams & The Boston Pops - A Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001649302 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Vangelis,  Max Steiner,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Essential Bernstein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78123 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Paul Turner,  Paul Searle-Barnes,  Lionel Blair,  Dennis Lotus  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Andrew Litton,  Geoff Love,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite / Previn
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5038 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong,  Robert Tear,  John Shirley-Quirk
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Great American Showpieces
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48952 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Eduardo Mata
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    Broadway Magic - 1970s
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 40699 Release Date: 04/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Stephen Sondheim,  Jerry Bock,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Elaine Stritch,  Hal Linden,  Danny Kaye,  Jack Gilford  ... 
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    Somewhere - The Leonard Bernstein Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439251 Release Date: 01/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Tatiana Troyanos,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein: Candide Overture, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront / Davis, RPO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28780 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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    Favorite Overtures Vol 1 / United States Air Force Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 5637567789 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Leonard Bernstein,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Col. Arnald Gabriel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band
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    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [6 CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001340802 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Martha Argerich,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Hans Hotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss,  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andalucian Dogs
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    Waldbuhne Concert - American Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4522 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Lincke
    Performer:  Marietta Simpson,  Cynthia Haymon,  Willard White,  Damon Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    100 Best 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64249 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Tasmin Little,  Simon Haram  ... 
    Conductor:  None,  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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