American Classics - Leonard Bernstein

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American Classics - Leonard Bernstein


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2005



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Release date:

31st Oct 2005




64 minutes


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American Classics - Leonard Bernstein


Serenade (after Plato's 'Symposium')

Facsimile - Choreographic essay for orchestra

Divertimento for Orchestra



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Leonard Bernstein: Serenade

I. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro

II. Aristophanes: Allegretto

III. Erixymachos: Presto

IV. Agathon: Adagio

V. Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace

Leonard Bernstein: Facsimile


Leonard Bernstein: Divertimento

I. Sennets and Tuckets: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio

II. Waltz: Allegretto, con grazia

III. Mazurka: Mesto

IV. Samba: Allegro giusto

V: Turkey Trot: Allegretto, ben misurato

VI. Sphinxes: Adagio lugubre

VII. Blues: Slow blues tempo

VIII. In Memoriam: March, "The BSO Forever"

The Telegraph

“A splendid tribute to the diverse genius of Leonard Bernstein… All of this is beautifully captured by Naxos’s recording.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2005


“…Leonard Bernstein's 1954 Serenade… contains some of the composer's most polished and coherent music. And it's done full justice by the formidable technique and shapely phrasing of the Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint, with outstanding support from violinist-turned-conductor Marin Alsop and her ever-improving Bournemouth orchestra.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2005

“This is even better than Marin Alsop's previous Bernstein collection… combining a more generous playing-time with top-notch sound, lively as well as spacious. …Alsop… has always sprung Bernstein's rhythms with a real feeling for the idiom while tending to eschew the element of rhetorical overkill familiar from his own performances. Here the element of caution translates into elegance.”

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