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A Total Embrace: The Composer

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  1. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Chichester Psalms: I. Psalm 108 (Verse 2) & Psalm 100 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Chichester Psalms: II. Psalm 23 & Psalm 2 (Verses 1-4) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Chichester Psalms: III. Psalm 131 & Psalm 133 (Verse 1) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Symphony No. 1: III. Lamentation from Jeremiah
  5. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety": The Masque: b. The Masque: Extremely fast $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety": The Masque: c. The Epilogue: Adagio; Andante; con Moto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — A Cycle of Five Kid Songs for Soprano: IV. Con brio from I. Hate Music! $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — La Bonne Cuisine - Four Recipes: IV. Civet à Toute Vitesse (Rabbit at Top Speed) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Prelude for the Brass $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Fugue for the Saxes $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Riffs for Everyone $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Kaddish 1 from Kaddish, Symphony No. 3 (To the Beloved Memory of John F. Kennedy): I. Invocation $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — On the Waterfront: Love Theme $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — On the Town: Opening: New York, New York
  15. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — On the Town: Lonely Town $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — On the Town: Dance: Time Square $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — On the Town: Some Other Time $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — On the Town: Dance - the Real Coney Island $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Fancy Free: I. Enter three Sailors $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Fancy Free: IV. Pas de deux $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Fancy Free: VII. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Peter Pan: The Pirate Song $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Wonderful Town: Ohio (Rosalind Russell, Jacquelyn McKeever) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Wonderful Town: A Little Bit in Love (Jacquelyn McKeever) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Wonderful Town: A Quiet Girl (Sydney Chaplin) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Wonderful Town: Conga! (Rosalind Russell, the Cadets) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Wonderful Town: Wrong Note Rag (Rosalind Russell, Jacquelyn McKeever and the Villagers) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Candide: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Candide: The Best of All Possible Worlds $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Candide: Mazurka $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Candide: Glitter and Be Gay $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Candide: Make Our Garden Grow $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: Act I: Prologue (Orchestra, the Jets, the Sharks) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: The Dance at the Gym (The Jets, the Sharks) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: Maria (Larry Kert) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: Tonight (Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: America (Marilyn Cooper, Chita Rivera, Shark Girls) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: Cool (Mickey Calin, the Jets) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — West Side Story: Somewhere (Ballet) (Larry Kert, Reri Grist, Carol Lawrence) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Dybbuk: The Community (Complete Ballet) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Facsimile: Pt. II. - Allegretto - Choreographic Essay for Orchestra $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Trouble in Tahiti: Scene III. / IIIa "I. was standing in a garden" / "Then desire took hold of me" from Trouble in Tahiti - an Opera in Seven Scenes $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Mass: Devotions before Mass - Hymn and Psalm: "A Simple Song" $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Mass: V. Meditation No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Mass: VI. Gloria $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Mass: XIV. Sanctus: "Holy! Holy! Holy!..." $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace — Mass: XVII. Pax: Communion - Final Hymn (Excerpt) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Chichester Psalms
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah"
>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium"
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety"
>Bernstein, Leonard : I Hate Music, cycle of "5 kid songs" for soprano & piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : La Bonne Cuisine
>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Waterfront
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>Bernstein, Leonard : Fancy Free, ballet
>Bernstein, Leonard : Peter Pan
>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : Dybbuk, ballet
>Bernstein, Leonard : Facsimile
>Bernstein, Leonard : Trouble in Tahiti, opera in 1 act
>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Leonard Bernstein (piano); Nancy Williams (mezzo soprano); Isaac Stern (violin); Benny Goodman (clarinet); Philippe Entremont (piano).

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was not only a brilliant conductor -- having served with the New York Philharmonic for several decades beginning in 1943 -- but was also recognized as one of the 20th century's most lauded composers. In that respect, few if any have contributed as significantly to classical music in the context of the American experience. It could likewise be contended that his contributions to the Broadway stage solidified the formerly intransigent chasm existing between symphonic and popular music. In honor of what would have been Bernstein's 85th birthday, Sony Music created a pair of mid-priced sets celebrating the maestro's accomplishments. A Total Embrace: The Composer (2003) offers more than three and a half hours of highlights spanning nearly a quarter-century. "The Pirate Song," featuring actor Boris Karloff and "the Pirates," is the earliest entry, dating back to the original Broadway cast recording of Peter Pan from 1950. The most recent inclusion is "The Community" from 1974's Facsimile, a "Choreographic Essay for Orchestra. The contents are divided by either "Concert Works" or "Theater Works," with the latter spread over two-thirds of the anthology. No compilation of Bernstein would be complete without copious excerpts from Candide (1956), West Side Story (1957), On the Town (1958), and Wonderful Town (1958). There is equal time devoted to his sacred works, such as the extremely controversial Mass theater piece for singers, players, and dancers, penned specifically for the opening ceremony of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., as well as "Kaddish" Symphony No. 3, which is parenthetically dedicated "To the Beloved Memory of John F. Kennedy." One minor drawback is the lack of detail in the somewhat skimpy liner booklet. This is especially unfortunate as the primary audience for both this and the companion installment, A Total Embrace: The Conductor, is presumed to consist of novices, who would use these collections as seminal entrées into Bernstein's voluminous catalog. However, that should not discourage curious parties from adding either package to their libraries. ~ Lindsay Planer



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>Bernstein, Leonard : Chichester Psalms
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 18 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah" :: III. Lamentation
  • Performers: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord); Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1942.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1942

>Bernstein, Leonard : Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" :: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
  • Performers: Isaac Stern (Violin); Symphony of the Air (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Symphony of the Air
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" :: b. The Masque
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Philippe Entremont (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949-1965

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 2 "Age of Anxiety" :: c. The Epilogue
  • Performers: Philippe Entremont (Piano); New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949-1965

>Bernstein, Leonard : I Hate Music, cycle of "5 kid songs" for soprano & piano :: IV. "A Big Indian and a Little Indian" Con
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Bernstein, Leonard : La Bonne Cuisine :: 4 recipes, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • Performers: Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Columbia Jazz Band
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra :: I. Invocation, Kaddish 1
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1963-77.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1963-1977

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Waterfront :: Love Theme
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Opening
  • Performers: Cris Alexander (Voice); Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Adolph Green (Tenor); Michael Kermoyan (Voice); John Reardon (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Chorus
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: "Lonely Town"/Dance
  • Performer: John Reardon (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Dance
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: "Some Other Time"
  • Performers: Cris Alexander (Voice); Betty Comden (Voice); Adolph Green (Tenor); Nancy Walker (Voice)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Dance
  • Performer: Ensemble
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : Fancy Free, ballet :: I. Enter Three Sailors
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : Fancy Free, ballet :: IV. Pas de deux
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : Fancy Free, ballet :: VII. Finale
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : Peter Pan :: "The Pirate Song"
  • Performer: Boris Karloff (Spoken Vocals)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: "Ohio"
  • Performers: Jacquelyn McKeever (Voice); Rosalind Russell (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: " A Little Bit in Love (Never Felt This Way Before)"
  • Performer: Jacquelyn McKeever (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: " A Quiet Girl"
  • Performer: Sydney Chaplin (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: "Conga!"
  • Performers: Ensemble (Voice); Rosalind Russell (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life :: "Wrong Note Rag"
  • Performers: Ensemble (Voice); Jacquelyn McKeever (Voice); Rosalind Russell (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn) :: Overture
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn) :: "Best of All Possible Worlds"
  • Performers: Max Adrian (Voice); Chorus (Alto); Barbara Cook (Soprano); Robert Rounseville (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn) :: Mazurka
  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn) :: "Glitter and Be Gay"
  • Performer: Barbara Cook (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn) :: "Make Our Garden Grow"
  • Performer: Ensemble
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: Prologue
  • Performers: The Jets; The Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: The Dance at the Gym
  • Performer: The Jets
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: "Maria"
  • Performer: Larry Kert (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: "Tonight"
  • Performers: Larry Kert (Tenor); Carol Lawrence (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: "America"
  • Performers: Marilyn Cooper (Soprano); Shark Girls (Soprano); Chita Rivera (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: "Cool"
  • Performers: Mickey Calin (Tenor); The Jets (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: "Somewhere" (Ballet)
  • Performers: Reri Grist (Soprano); Larry Kert (Tenor); Carol Lawrence (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : Dybbuk, ballet :: Part III
  • Performers: John Ostendorf; David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1974

>Bernstein, Leonard : Facsimile :: Part II
  • Performer: New York Philharmonic (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Bernstein, Leonard : Trouble in Tahiti, opera in 1 act :: Scene III/IIIa
  • Performers: Julian Patrick (Bass Baritone); Nancy Williams (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Columbia Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: I. Devotions before Mass - Hymn and Psalm
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: V. Meditation no 1
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: VI. Gloria
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: XIV. Sanctus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Bernstein, Leonard : Alleluia :: XVII Pax
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971