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Bernstein Dances - Ballet Revue by John Neumeier

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Peter Pan
>Bernstein, Leonard : Facsimile
>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia
>Bernstein, Leonard : So pretty
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium"
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In commemoration of Leonard Bernstein's 80th birthday, the Hamburg Ballet presents Bernstein Dances, a "Ballet Revue based on the Music and Spirit of Leonard Bernstein," by John Neumeier. It is a collection of six dance episodes, incorporating works from throughout his career, including theater music, songs, and works for solo piano.

Notes & Reviews:

"Bernstein Dances" is a ballet created by John Neumeier of the Hamburg Ballet. It includes all of the works on this disc except the 'Five Anniversaries' and the 'Serenade', which are combined in a separate Neumeier ballet, "Bernstein Serenade."

Personnel: Tim Morgan, Roberta Alexander , Judy Blazer, Karen Mason, Ron Raines, Stephen Allen Davis, José Carreras , Simon Green , Rebecca Luker, Cheryl Studer (vocals); Gidon Kremer (violin); Mstislav Rostropovich (cello).

The title of this generously filled two-disc set works on three different levels. It refers to a series of dances set to Leonard Bernstein's music, Bernstein's passionate dancing on the podium while conducting and finally, the eternal dance of his music through time.

German choreographer John Neumeier created a dance review in tribute to the music and spirit of the great composer/conductor and this set contains the music used in the production. While not an exhaustive compendium of all the master's music, the staggering scope of Bernstein's genius is evident throughout.

The disc opens with the euphoric Overture to 'Candide' before moving onto the deeply personal "Anniversary: For Susanna Kyle." The 'Anniversaries' are short piano pieces dedicated to Bernstein's loved ones and present an intimate side of the composer. The great symphonic works are represented by "Facsimile," "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story," and the brilliant "Serenade after Plato's Symposium." Bernstein's deep spirituality is evident in "Meditations Nos. 1 and 2" from 'Mass,' played by Mstislav Rostropovich.

The elegant booklet contains photos from the dance production and some wonderful candid shots of Bernstein.



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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano :: Anniversary
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Peter Pan :: Who Am I?
  • Performers: Roberta Alexander (Voice); Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Tan Crone (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Facsimile
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: What a Waste
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Stephen Davis (Tenor); Simon Green (Voice); Tim Morgan (Baritone); Rod Raines (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: A Little Bit in Love
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Rebecca Luker (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Edwards
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: The Wrong Note Rag
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Rebecca Luker (Soprano); Karen Mason (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Edwards
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Lonely Town
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Hampson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Lonely Town - Pas de deux
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: A Simple Song
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: Meditation no 1, for Cello and Orchestra
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : So pretty
  • Performers: Roberta Alexander (Voice); Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Tan Crone (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: Meditation no 2, for Cello and Orchestra
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: Something's Coming
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: The Story of My Life
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Judy Blazer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano :: Anniversary
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" :: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano :: Anniversary
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" :: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" :: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano :: Anniversary
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano :: Anniversary
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" :: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" :: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (5) for Piano :: Anniversary
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1951
  • Studio/Live: Live