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For Lenny / Downes


Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 84284011251  
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinJohn CoriglianoStephen SchwartzEleanor Sandresky,   ... 
Performer:  Lara DownesKevin OlusolaJavier Morales-MartinezRhiannon Giddens,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lara Downes’ new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein’s aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.

Taking her inspiration from Bernstein’s boundary-breaking approach to music-making, Lara has invited a diverse group of guest artists: opera legend Thomas Hampson, roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, superstar beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (a member
Read more of the chart-topping a cappella group Pentatonix), and Mexican/American clarinet prodigy Javier Morales-Martinez.

Describing FOR LENNY, Lara says: “Leonard Bernstein reminds me of what a musician can be. Of what music can do in this world – how it can reach and teach and make things happen. Just imagine what American music was before Lenny came along, everything he changed. I’m only here at all, I think, because of the rules he broke and the doors he knocked down. Imagine the thousands of other musicians who feel the same way.”

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REVIEW:

In the midst of all of this abundance, pianist Lara Downes seems to have homed in on the sweet spot for giving this hard-working musician with a larger-than-life reputation a tribute recording that manages to be sincere without going over the top with adulation.... Downes’ recording may well have qualities that will endure long after the celebratory shouts of “Bravo!” have evaporated into the ether.

– The Rehearsal Studio (Stephen Smoliar) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
West Side Story: Something's coming by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano), Kevin Olusola (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
2.
Anniversary for Lenny by John Corigliano
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Anniversaire for Lenny by Stephen Schwartz
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Romance for Lenny by Eleanor Sandresky
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Iconoclasm (for Lenny) by Michael Abels
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Fancy Free: Introduction "Big Stuff" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
7.
Anniversaries (4) for Piano: no 2, For Johnny Mehegan by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
8.
Anniversaries (7) for Piano: no 1, for Aaron Copland by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1943; USA 
9.
Anniversaries (13) for Piano: no 3, for Stephen Sondheim by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1988; USA 
10.
Evening Primrose: I Remember by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; United States 
11.
West Side Story: Cool by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano), Javier Morales-Martinez (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
12.
Wonderful Town: Story of My Life by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
13.
Arias and Barcarolles: no 5, Greeting by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
14.
Innocent Psalm (for the Bernstein baby) by Marc Blitzstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
15.
Anniversaries (13) for Piano: no 6, for my daughter Nina by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1988; USA 
16.
Anniversaries (13) for Piano: no 11, for Felicia by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1988; USA 
17.
So pretty by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano), Rhiannon Giddens (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
18.
Anniversary in Memoriam (for Lenny) by Daron Hagen
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
19.
Anniversaries (5) for Piano: no 2, for Lukas Foss by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1951; United States 
20.
For Lenny (Variation on New York, New York) by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
21.
What Shall We Remember? by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
22.
Mass: A Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
23.
Exuberance (for Lenny) by Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
24.
Anniversaries (13) for Piano: no 4, for Craig Urquhart by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
25.
Remembering Lenny by Craig Urquhart
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
26.
Goodbye Chorale (for Lenny) by Theo Bleckmann
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
27.
Youth, Day, Old Age and Night by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
28.
On the Town: Some other time by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lara Downes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Stunning Artistry March 22, 2018 By D. Low (Lake Arrowhead, CA) See All My Reviews "From an amateur connoisseur of classical music, especially piano, this is the most exciting album I've discovered in a long time! Downes has her well deserved place in the jazz/classical world and the loving renditions of Bernstein (my childhood hero), is pure magic! The 4 world-class soloists are a delightful treat. I highly recommend this record to any music lover, regardless of your genre preference." Report Abuse
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