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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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  • 26.
    Expanded Edition - Gershwin, Grofe, Etc / Bernstein, Et Al
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace - The Conductor
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 90578 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Samuel Barber,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  David Evitts,  Patricia Wells,  Alan Titus,  Michael Devlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic members,  New York Philharmonic,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Original Jacket Collection - Leonard Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89750 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Sabinsky,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Bernstein Century - Mahler: Lieder / Fischer-dieskau
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61847 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Leonard Bernstein
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  • 33.
    Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky And Ravel
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia London,  Boston Symphony Orchestra members
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Bernstein Century - Jeremiah, The Age Of Anxiety, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60697 Release Date: 02/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Jennie Tourel,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Bernstein - Reaching For The Note
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459552 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus König,  June Anderson,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Sarah Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ion Marin,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic members,  Orchestre de Paris members,  London Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 38.
    Bernstein Century - Bernstein Plays And Conducts Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60598 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Gold,  Robert Fizdale,  Leonard Bernstein,  Claus Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet members
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  • 39.
    Bernstein Century - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60693 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 40.
    Bernstein Century - Bach, Vivaldi /Gould, Stern, Nypo, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60211 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  William Heim,  Harold Gomberg,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members
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  • 41.
    Bernstein Century - Children's Classics / New York PO
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60175 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Master Henry Chapin,  Ruth Segal,  Naomi Segal,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 42.
    Bernstein Century - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / New York Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63161 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Wummer,  Harold Gomberg,  Engelbert Brenner,  Nathan Prager  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members
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  • 43.
    Leonard Bernstein: A Portrait - Mahler Songs
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47170 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Leonard Bernstein,  Christa Ludwig,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 44.
    Bernstein Century - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Grofe
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63086 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  John Corigliano Sr.,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Juilliard String Quartet - 50 Years Vol 5 - Collaborations
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62709 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Aaron Copland,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Krosnick,  Jorge Bolet,  Robert Mann,  Earl Carlyss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 46.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Box I
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67193 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose,  David Oistrakh,  Eugene Istomin  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 47.
    Mad About Mad About
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445900 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sting,  David Jolley,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64060 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Claus Adam,  Raphael Hillyer,  Earl Carlyss,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    The Joy Of Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445486 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  June Anderson,  Sarah Walker,  Klaus König  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Children's Choir,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 50.
    Mad About American Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439521 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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