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Bad Times

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 13 March 2008

Bernstein's seemingly perfect life as a loving husband and father, an exceptional musical talent and an electric personality are in jeopardy in this fourth programme. Donald Macleod maps a category of bad events in Bernstein's life. He blamed his wife Felicia for his Broadway flop 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; she'd apparently encouraged him to work with its librettist. But Bernstein's affair with his assistant Thomas Cothran, for whom he momentarily left his wife, was a harsher blow. Bernstein's relationship with Cothran resulted in their collaboration on 'Songfest - A Cycle of American Poems', played here in its entirety.

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    Leonard Bernstein Take care of this house (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)

    Performer: Frederica von Stade (Mezzo soprano), National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    CBS MASTERWORKS MK44760, 21

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    Leonard Bernstein Songfest for 6 voices and orchestra

    Performer: Clamma Dale (soprano), Rosalind Elias (mezzo soprano), Nancy Williams (mezzo soprano), Neil Rosenshein (tenor), John Reardon (baritone), Donald Gramm (bass), Washington DC National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 415 965-2, 1

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    Leonard Bernstein 3 Meditations for cello and orchestra

    Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 431 028-2, 6

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