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Lenny - The Best of Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990 , 180 Gram Vinyl

Lenny - The Best of Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990 , 180 Gram Vinyl

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Few personalities of our time unite so many diverse talents with such passion, generosity and charisma as the immensely gifted American composer, pianist, conductor and music communicator Leonard Bernstein, world citizen and all-round star. His death in October 1990 did nothing to diminish his legacy, still deeply felt to this day.

Lenny, as he loved to be known, shaped the musical culture of America. His boundless energy and talent was his gift to the world, despite moments of self-doubt and ambivalence. The spectrum of his creative activity ranges from the famous musical West Side Story with it's pulsating Broadway rhythms to grave, complex works that embrace his Jewish faith or political sensitivity. He once framed his convictions thus: "What have we artists got to do with oil and commerce, with survival and honor? The answer is everything."


Side A
Candide: Overture
London Symphony Orchestra • André Previn
A Warner Classics release, P 1972 & Remastered P 1988 Parlophone Records Limited

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story ( Original Version )
I. Prologue
II. Somewhere
III. Scherzo
IV. Mambo
V. Cha-cha

Divertimento for Orchestra: V. Turkey Trot
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra • Paavo Järvi
A Warner Classics/Erato release, P 1998 Parlophone Records Limited

West Side Story, Act 1: “Tonight” ( Tony, Maria )
Angela Gheorghiu soprano • Roberto Alagna tenor
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden • Richard Armstrong
A Warner Classics release, P 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

West Side Story, Act 2: ‘I feel pretty’ ( Maria )
Diana Damrau soprano
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • David Charles Abell
A Warner Classics/Erato release, P 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

Side B
Candide, Act 1: Glitter and Be Gay ( transc. for trumpet by Bill Elliott)
Lucienne Renaudin Vary trumpet
BBC Concert Orchestra • Bill Elliott
A Warner Classics release, P 2019 Parlophone Records Limited

Wonderful Town, Act 2: “Wrong Note Rag” ( Ruth, Eileen, Villagers )
London Voices
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group • Sir Simon Rattle
A Warner Classics release, P 1999 Parlophone Records Limited

Fancy Free: No. 3, Enter Two Girls
Paul Searle-Barnes piano • Paul Turner drums
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • Andrew Litton
A Warner Classics/Erato release, P 1991 Parlophone Records Limited

West Side Story, Act 1: “Maria” ( Tony )
Lambert Wilson baritone
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo • John McGlinn
A Warner Classics/Erato release, P 1989 Warner Music France

Prelude, Fugue & Riffs for solo clarinet and jazz ensemble
I. Prelude for the Brass
II. Fugue for the Saxes
Alessandro Carbonare clarinet
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia • Antonio Pappano
A Warner Classics release, P 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety” for piano and orchestra, Part 2:
II. The Masque
Jeffrey Kahane piano
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • Andrew Litton
A Warner Classics/Erato release, P 1991 Parlophone Records Limited

Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”: III. Times Square, 1944
Minnesota Orchestra • Edo de Waart
A Warner Classics/Erato release, P 1991 Parlophone Records Limited