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Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles; Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal; Diamond: Elegy / Schwarz

Audio Samples

>Bernstein, Leonard : Arias and Barcarolles
>Barber, Samuel : The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5
>Diamond, David : Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Arias and Barcarolles
>Barber, Samuel : The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5
>Diamond, David : Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This triumvirate of composers represents an essentially lyrical impulse in American music. Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles was completed in 1988 but had existed in some form since 1955. The cycle of songs about love and marriage was written for voice and piano (four-hands) but orchestrated, under Bernstein's supervision, by Bright Sheng, and premièred by Gerard Schwarz. Eclectic, exciting, jazzy, and Mahlerian, it reflects Bernstein in all his multi-faceted glory. Barber's concert overture is a vibrant work, fizzing with energy, whilst Diamond's Elegy offers a poignant, noble and at times violent lament for Ravel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1990-01-03&1990-03-18&1991-).



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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : Arias and Barcarolles
  • Performers: Jane Bunnell (Mezzo Soprano); Dale Duesing (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Running Time: 30 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1988

>Barber, Samuel : The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931-1933

>Diamond, David : Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1938-39.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1939