Bernstein: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Naxos: 8559790

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Bernstein: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559790
(8559790)

Discs:

1

Release date:

13th Jan 2017

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0636943979020

Length:

59 minutes

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Bernstein: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Bernstein:

Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah'

Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano)

Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, (piano)


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Leonard Bernstein’s legendary 1943 Carnegie Hall conducting début brought his name to national attention, and the event was followed a few months later by the triumphant reception of his Symphony No. 1 ‘Jeremiah.’ This major symphonic statement explores a crisis in faith and employs Jewish liturgical sources, its final movement, Lamentation, being an anguished cry at the destruction of Jerusalem. Sharing the theme of loss of faith, Symphony No. 2 ‘The Age of Anxiety’ takes W.H. Auden’s poem of the same name and follows its four characters in their spiritual journey to hard-won triumph. Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ can be heard on Naxos 8559742.

Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 "Jeremiah"

I. Prophecy

II. Profanation

III. Lamentation

Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"*

Part I: The Prologue: Lento moderato

Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety", Pt. 1, The Seven Ages

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 1: L'istesso tempo

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 2: Poco più mosso

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 3: Largamente, ma mosso

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 4: Più mosso

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 5

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 6: Poco meno mosso

Part I: The Seven Ages: Variation 7: L'istesso tempo

Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety", Pt. 1, The Seven Stages

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 8: Molto moderato, ma movendo

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 9: Più mosso [tempo di valse]

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 10: Più mosso

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 11: L'istesso tempo

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 12: Poco più vivace

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 13: L'istesso tempo

Part I: The Seven Stages: Variation 14: L'istesso tempo [poco più vivace]

Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety", Pt. 2

Part II: The Dirge: Largo

Part II: The Masque: Extremely fast

Part II: The Epilogue: L'istesso tempo

Classics Today

December 2016

“We all know that Alsop is a superb Bernstein conductor…in the central Profanation movement, Alsop really does outdo Bernstein himself; the playing of the Baltimore Symphony here is sensational, and in the finale Jennifer Johnson Cano sings with great sensitivity and a beautiful tone. The tragic climaxes hit you right in the gut…a marvellous release by any standard.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2017

****

“The performances are predictably excellent. In No. 1, the imposing first movement is presented with fervour, and the Copland-like central scherzo with lightness and precision; Jennifer Johnson Cano brings sustained intensity to the finale. In No. 2, the orchestra and Jean-Yves Thibaudet negotiate the two opening chains of variations with wide-ranging characterisation”

MusicWeb International

24th February 2017

“Fine Bernstein interpretations, splendidly played.”

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