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
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  • 1.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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  • 2.
    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Glenn Dicterow,  Philip Smith,  Jaap Van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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    Glenn Gould Remastered: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503222 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 81
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Elizabeth Benson-Guy,  Donald Gramm,  Charles Bressler  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Walter Susskind,  Vladimir Golschmann,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Symphonia String Quartet  ... 
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  • 4.
    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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    Shostakovich: Three Concertos
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350059 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Mason [French Horn] Jones,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Leonard Bernstein,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Leonard Bernstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky
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    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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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Jennie Tourel, Vol. 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89733 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein,  Erich Itor Kahn,  George Reeves
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy
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    Edition Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 25
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48119 Release Date: 03/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 9.
    Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus - The Historic TV Broadcasts
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 6731 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Various,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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  • 10.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Early Years
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60915 Release Date: 01/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  On the Town Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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    Gerswin: An American In Paris, Ives: Symphony No 2 / Bernstein, Nyp, Bavarian Radio
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001227109 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Leonard Bernstein - Composer, Conductor, Pianist
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1372 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Maurice Ravel,  Aaron Copland,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Leonard Bernstein Anniversary Box
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057068 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Sarah Walker,  Klaus König,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic members,  Orchestre de Paris members  ... 
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    Grand Prix - Gershwin, Barber, Copland / Los Angeles
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000851802 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; (An) American In Paris
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 78768 Release Date: 05/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  André Previn,  Uan Rasey
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 17, Symphony No 39 / Bernstein
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072098 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Library Of Congress Vol 5 - Schumann / Bernstein, Juilliard
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 5707 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Isidore Cohen,  Raphael Hillyer,  Claus Adam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 18.
    Bernstein On Beethoven - A Celebration In Vienna
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2300 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Bernstein In Paris - The Ravel Concerts
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1337 Release Date: 01/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Boris Belkin,  Marilyn Horne,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra of France
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  • 20.
    Gershwin, Grofe, Bernstein / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Columbia Symphony
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90393 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band
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  • 21.
    Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace - The Composer
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 90582 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Alan Titus,  Julian Patrick,  Nancy Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  New York Philharmonic,  Berkshire Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 22.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 15, Etc / Bernstein, Vienna Po
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467123 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469139 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  David Finck,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Bernstein Century - Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60968 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 25.
    Bernstein Century - Mozart: Piano Concertos No 15 And 17
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60734 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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