Leonard Bernstein: The Composer

Release Date: 3/31/2017
Label: Masterworks
Catalog Number: 88985345312
Number of Discs: 25

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$117.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
With his centenary already looming large, Sony Classical releases the most comprehensive recorded collection ever released of the music of American conductor, composer and educator Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990).

At the heart of this edition are the remastered original Bernstein Conducts Bernstein recordings for Columbia Masterworks of all his symphonies and ballets, plus the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront Suite, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Serenade, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs and the song cycles La Bonne Cuisine and I Hate Music. Writing about these benchmark 1960s and 1970s recordings with the composer conducting his New York Philharmonic, The Guardian’s reviewer declared: “There’s a raw ebullience to the performances that is typical of Bernstein at his best … They are all historic performances.” All of Bernstein’s Columbia stereo recordings appear on 8 CDs in this edition, newly mixed and mastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit/192 kHz technology.

But the new set also offers an impressive selection of Bernstein’s many other works on 3 CDs: delightful songs, and chamber and piano works, including recordings by such artists as soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzos Marilyn Horne and Frederica von Stade, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Sabine Meyer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Also included is Leonard Slatkin’s acclaimed 1992 St. Louis recording of Bernstein’s cycle Songfest for six singers and orchestra.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this new release, however, is its selection of Leonard Bernstein’s theater works on 9 CDs. Candide, for example, is represented not once but twice: both by the original Broadway cast recording from 1956 and by the revised 1973 “Chelsea” version conducted by John Mauceri. Wonderful Town is heard in the 1958 television cast recording (starring Rosalind Russell from the 1953 Broadway première). The nearly forgotten Peter Pan is here too, in its original Broadway cast recording from 1950 starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, also re-mastered in this special edition.

Bernstein’s most famous work of all, West Side Story, is accorded special treatment. There is the gold standard, of course: that unsurpassable original Broadway cast album from 1957, starring Carol Lawrence as Maria, Larry Kert as Tony, Chita Rivera as Anita and Michael Callan as Riff. West Side Story completists will also appreciate the inclusion of the 1961 movie soundtrack recording, with Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood’s Maria), Jim Bryant (singing for Richard Beymer’s Tony), Rita Moreno’s Oscar®-winning Anita and Tucker Smith (dubbing Russ Tamblyn’s Riff).

A special compilation called The Bernstein Songbook with songs from his theater works rounds up the collection of musicals.

A double compilation album called Bernstein in Jazz features jazz arrangements based on Bernstein’s compositions by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Aaron Bell Trio, trombonist J.J. Johnson, the Marsalis family, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Martial Solal, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd), André Previn on piano (with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell), vibraphonist Gary Burton, and pianist Eldar Djangirov.
Works on This Recording
1. West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; USA
2. Symphony no 3 "Kaddish" by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961-1963 ; USA
3. Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
4. Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah" by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
5. Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Zino Francescatti (Violin)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
6. On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; USA
7. Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
8. Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
9. Facsimile by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; USA
10. Dybbuk by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974 ; USA
11. Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Jazz Band
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949/1955 ; United States
12. On the Town: Three Dance episodes by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
13. I Hate Music by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
14. La bonne cuisine by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; USA
Performer: Alan Titus (Baritone)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
16. Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: John Bogart (Alto)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; USA
17. Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Nancy Williams (Mezzo Soprano), Antonia Butler (Soprano), Mark [baritone] Brown (Baritone), Julian Patrick (Bass Baritone), Michael Clarke (Tenor)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
18. On the Town by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Nancy Walker (Voice), Adolph Green (Tenor), Betty Comden (Voice), John Reardon (Baritone), Cris Alexander (Voice)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
19. Peter Pan by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Jean Arthur (Voice), Boris Karloff (Voice), Marcia Henderson (Voice)
Conductor: Ben Steinberg
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
20. Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Nancy Williams (Mezzo Soprano), Mark [baritone] Brown (Baritone), Antonia Butler (Soprano), Michael Clarke (Tenor), Julian Patrick (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
21. Wonderful Town by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Sydney Chaplin (Voice), Jacquelyn McKeever (Voice), Rosalind Russell (Voice)
Conductor: Lehman Engel
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
22. Candide by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Max Adrian (Voice), Irra Petina (Voice), William Olvis (Tenor), Robert Rounseville (Tenor), Barbara [voice] Cook (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956/1988 ; USA
23. Candide by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Maureen Brennan (Voice), Mark Baker (Vocals)
Conductor: John Mauceri
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956/1988 ; USA
24. West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Mickey Calin (Tenor), Ken Le Roy (Voice), Carol Lawrence (Soprano), Chita Rivera (Soprano), Larry Kert (Tenor)
Conductor: Max Goberman
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
25. West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: George Chakiris (Voice), Gina Trikonis (Voice), Russ Tamblyn (Voice), Marni Nixon (Soprano), Jim Bryant (Voice)
Conductor: Johnny Green
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
26. Songfest by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Martin Katz (Piano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Planté (Tenor), Wendy White (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Spence (Mezzo Soprano), Linda Hohenfeld (Soprano), Vernon Hartman (Baritone)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977 ; USA
27. Mass: A Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
28. Wonderful Town: A little bit in love by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
29. I Hate Music by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
30. I'm a person too by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
31. Peter Pan: Peter, Peter by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
32. Peter Pan: Dream with me by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
33. West Side Story: Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
34. West Side Story: America by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano), Vanessa Williamson (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
35. West Side Story: A boy like that/I have a love by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Soprano), Vanessa Williamson (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
36. West Side Story: Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor: David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; United States
37. On the Town: Lonely town by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor: David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
38. Candide: Make our garden grow by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor: David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956/1988 ; USA
39. On the Town: New York, New York by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
40. Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alliage Quintett
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
41. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941-1942 ; USA
42. Rondo for Lifey by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Judith Lynn Stillman (Piano), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
43. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Jeffrey Kahane (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941-1942 ; USA
44. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor: Eric Stern
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941-1942 ; USA
45. Olympic Hymn by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: John Williams
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; USA
46. West Side Story: America by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Harcus Hennigar (French Horn), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Dick Smith (Percussion), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), David Ohanian (French Horn), Gordon Sweeney (Trombone), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn), Larry Weeks (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
47. Candide: Make our garden grow by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956/1988 ; USA
48. West Side Story: Jet song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Dick Smith (Percussion), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
49. West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), Ted Warren (Drums), Harcus Hennigar (French Horn), David Ohanian (French Horn), James Spragg (Trumpet), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Jeff Hall (Bass Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Christopher Dedrick (Voice), Dave Young (Double Bass), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn), Gordon Sweeney (Trombone), Larry Weeks (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
50. West Side Story: Something's coming by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Brian Leonard (Percussion), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), David Ohanian (French Horn), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Dick Smith (Percussion), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
51. Mass: A Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Brian Leonard (Percussion), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), David Ohanian (French Horn), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Dick Smith (Percussion), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
52. Bernstein Portrait by Christopher Dedrick
Performer: Brian Leonard (Percussion), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
53. West Side Story: A boy like that/I have a love by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
54. Candide: Best of all possible worlds by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Ted Warren (Drums), James Spragg (Trumpet), Jeff Hall (Bass Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), Harcus Hennigar (French Horn), David Ohanian (French Horn), Dave Young (Double Bass), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn), Gordon Sweeney (Trombone), Larry Weeks (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956/1988 ; USA
55. West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Dick Smith (Percussion), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
56. West Side Story: I feel pretty by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
57. West Side Story: Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Harcus Hennigar (French Horn), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), David Ohanian (French Horn), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Gordon Sweeney (Trombone), Eugene Watts (Trombone), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
58. West Side Story: Gee, Officer Krupke by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Eugene Watts (Trombone), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Dick Smith (Percussion), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Tom Szczesniak (Synthesizer), Jens Lindemann (Voice), David Ohanian (French Horn), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
59. West Side Story: One hand, one heart by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Eugene Watts (Trombone), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), David Ohanian (French Horn), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
60. Mass: Alleluia by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Eugene Watts (Trombone), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Ted Warren (Drums), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Dick Smith (Percussion), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Tom Szczesniak (Keyboards), David Ohanian (French Horn), Dave Young (Double Bass), Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
61. West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Dave Brubeck (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dave Brubeck Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
62. West Side Story: I feel pretty by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Dave Brubeck (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dave Brubeck Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
63. West Side Story: Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Dave Brubeck (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dave Brubeck Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
64. Wonderful Town: A quiet girl by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Dave Brubeck (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dave Brubeck Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
65. West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Dave Brubeck (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dave Brubeck Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
66. West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Martial Solal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
67. West Side Story: Cool by Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aaron Bell Trio
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
68. On the Town: Lonely town by Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Steve Kuhn Trio
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
69. West Side Story: Cool by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Eldar Djangirov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
70. West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Branford Marsalis (Soprano Saxophone), Ellis Marsalis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
71. On the Town: Lonely town by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Gerry Mulligan (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
72. West Side Story: Something's coming by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
73. Stories from the West Side by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
74. West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
75. West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
76. West Side Story: America by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
77. West Side Story: Gee, Officer Krupke by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
78. West Side Story: Something's coming by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Mundell Lowe (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
79. West Side Story: Jet song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Jens Lindemann (Flugelhorn), Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Brian Leonard (Percussion), Dick Smith (Percussion), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), David Ohanian (French Horn), Eugene Watts (Trombone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
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