Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Thursday 13 March 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Thursday 13 March 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)
Donald Macleod examines a turbulent period in Bernstein's life, when his seemingly idyllic existence was threatened.
The composer blamed his wife Felicia for his Broadway flop 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - after she had apparently encouraged him to work with its librettist. Then there was the period when he left his wife briefly for his assistant Thomas Cothran.
Bernstein's relationship with Cothran resulted in their collaboration on Songfest - A Cycle of American Poems, which is played here in its entirety.
'Take Care of This House' (From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)
Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano), National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
CBS MK 44760,
Songfest - A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra
Soloists: Clamma Dale, Rosalind Elias, Nancy Williams, Neil Rosenshein, John Reardon, Donald Gramm, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 415 965-2,
'Presto' from Three Meditations for 'Cello and Orchestra from Mass
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 431 028-2,