Best of Bernstein - Conductor, Composer, Pianist (2CD)

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Leonard Bernstein

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, Sony Classical is pleased to present the perfect introduction to this legendary American musician. This two CD album features many of the conductor-composer’s most celebrated interpretations and works, every track chosen to display a facet of his unparalleled dynamism and versatility. The first disc features music of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich and Copland, with great soloists like clarinettist Benny Goodman and mezzo Frederica von Stade, violinists Joshua Bell and Zino Francescatti, pianists Glenn Gould and Philippe Entremont, not to mention Bernstein himself playing and conducting Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. Bernstein the composer is represented by a generously filled second disc. In addition to highlights from concert works such as ‘The Age of Anxiety’, ‘Serenade’ and ‘Mass’, there are selections from Bernstein’s ballets and musicals, including excerpts from the original Broadway cast recording of ‘West Side Story’ from 1957 as well as his later New York Philharmonic recording of the ‘Symphonic Dances’.

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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian': Allegro vivace

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453 - Allegretto

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Allegro molto

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19: Rondo - Molto allegro

Copland: Appalachian Spring - excerpts

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: IV. Allegro non troppo

Bernstein: Candide - Overture

Bernstein: On the Town: Times Square

Bernstein: West Side Story (highlights)

Bernstein: Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)

Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato's 'Symposium'): IV. Agathon (Adagio)

Bernstein: A Simple Song (from Mass)

Bernstein: Meditation No. 1 (from Mass)

Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety': Variations 8-14

Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti: Prelude

Bernstein: Fancy Free: selections

Bernstein: Riffs from Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

Bernstein: Lonely Town (from On the Town)

Bernstein: Take Care of This House (from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)