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Leonard Bernstein: Theatre Works

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Scottish opera or final revised version)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : A Quiet Place, opera in 3 acts (Revised version)
>Bernstein, Leonard : A White House Cantata, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (concert version of "1600 Pennsylvania Avenu
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Notes & Reviews:

Leonard Bernstein was one of the most colourful and multi-talented geniuses of the 20th century - as composer, conductor, pianist, writer and educator. On 14 October this year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death.

BOOKLET comes with new liner notes by David Gutman, and photos from the recording sessions / productions, plus evocative images of Bernstein from 1967 (cf. Cover)

He captivated Broadway with such smash hits as On the Town and West Side Story. Here they are, with three other theatre works: the satirical operetta Candide, the full opera A Quiet Place; and the rare White House Cantata. On this 7-CD set all five works are brought together for the first time. Of Bernstein's major theatre works, only Wonderful Town is not included.

"The three sailors, Gabey, Chip, Ozzie - Thomas Hampson, Kurt Ollmann, David Garrison - are just perfect. Not only are they well-matched vocally, but you could put them on any stage and never look back. Hampson's two big numbers - ''Lonely Town'' and ''Lucky to be Me'' - are handsomely sung with careful avoidance of that peculiarly 'operatic' articulation... But finally to the real heroes of this dizzy enterprise: Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. Or should I say Band - every last player a character, an individual. On the Town lives and breathes through its dance interludes: it struts and swaggers and bustles and broods; it's this music which gives the score its sassy New York tinta. The playing here is stunning, there's no other word." -Gramophone (On 'On The Town')

"The performance is inspired. Long stretches of rhythmically displaced, dovetailed dialogue must be the devil's own job to co-ordinate, and the cast bring to it a confidence and razor-sharp precision astonishing for a life recording. Wendy White as the young Dinah recounts her visit to the movies with terrific panache, and Beverly Morgan is superb in the flighty virtuousity of Dede's lines... The Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra play magnificently and Bernstein's conducting has a charisma without which one suspects the whole thing would make far less of an impression." -Gramophone (on 'A Quiet Place')

"Bernstein conducts the score with power and zest, drawing on the LSO's full symphonic resources... With Bernstein, Hadley and Anderson it is all glorious, even if it seems that it is Ivor Novello who is being Sent up rather than Strauss or Puccini... Certainly, this is as good a Candide as we are likely to get, on or off record." -Gramophone (on Candide)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: London, Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1 (04/1986); London, Barbican Centre (04/1986); New York, RCA Studio A (04/1986); Vienna, Staatsoper (04/1986); London, Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1 (06/1992); London, Barbican Centre (06/1992); New York, RCA Studio A (06/1992); Vienna, Staatsoper (06/1992); London, Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1 (09/1984); London, Barbican Centre (09/1984); New York, RCA Studio A (09/1984); Vienna, Staatsoper (09/1984); London, Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1 (09/1998); London, Barbican Centre (09/1998); New York, RCA Studio A (09/1998); Vienna, Staatsoper (09/1998); London, Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1 (12/1989); London, Barbican Centre (12/1989); New York, RCA Studio A (12/1989); Vienna, Staatsoper (12/1989).



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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
  • Performers: Michael Barrett (Piano); Lindsay Benson (Baritone); Stewart Collins (Voice); David Garrison (Tenor); Thomas Hampson (Voice); Kurt Ollmann (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Running Time: 52 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Scottish opera or final revised version)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 86 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 47 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : A Quiet Place, opera in 3 acts (Revised version)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : A White House Cantata, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (concert version of "1600 Pennsylvania Avenu
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio