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Episode 2

Donald Macleod reveals how Bernstein was thrust into the limelight after deputising for Bruno Walter in conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Bernstein always seems to have been in the right place at the right time. Seven years to the day since meeting his mentor Aaron Copland, he gallantly took the baton at the last minute of the ailing Bruno Walter in a broadcast with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Thus Bernstein was catapulted into the limelight. Donald Macleod also explores his beloved Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and we'll hear 'Prelude, Fugue and Riffs', first performed in Bernstein's second appearance on the television programme 'Omnibus'.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide - Act 1; I am easily assimilated

    Performers: Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 429734 2.
    • 17.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Serenade [after Plato's "The symposium"] - 1st movement; Phaedrus - Pausanias (Lento - all

    Performers: Itzhak Perlman (violin), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

    • EMI CLASSICS 7243555360 2.
    • 1.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    The Age of anxiety (Symphony no.2) - Part 2

    Performers: Lukas Foss (piano), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 457757 2.
    • 10.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Prelude, fugue and riffs for clarinet & jazz orchestra

    Performers: Leonard Bernstein (conductor), Benny Goodman (clarinet), Columbia Jazz Combo

    • SMK 47162.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide - comic operetta in 2 acts - Act 1; Glitter and be gay

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor), June Anderson (soprano)

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 429734 2.
    • 15.

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