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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Part Five

Friday 14 March 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Friday 14 March 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

Donald Macleod explores how Felicia Bernstein's death in June 1978, not long after the reconciliation with her husband, left a gaping void in Bernstein's life.

Bernstein began contemplating his own mortality and much of the music from his final decade is autobiographical, including a song cycle named after a remark by President Eisenhower - who preferred music with a good tune, 'not all them Arias and Barcarolles'.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Arias and Barcarolles: Prelude; Love Duet; Little Smary, Greeting
Judy Kaye (soprano), William Sharp (baritone), Michael Barrett & Steven Blier (piano)
Koch 3-7000-2,
Tracks 9-11

Divertimento for Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)
Naxos 8.559245,
Tracks 7-14

A Quiet Place (Postlude to Act I)
ORF-Symphinie-Orchester, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 459 552-2,
CD 1 Track 14

'Diaspora Dances' from Concerto for Orchestra ("Jubilee Games")
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 429 231-2,
Track 11

Missa Brevis
Simon Baker (counter-tenor), BBC Singers, Justin Doyle (chorus master) Richard Benjafield & Chris Brannick (percussion..?)
Chandos CHAN 10172,
Tracks 11-16




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