Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Episode 3

Donald Macleod asks why LeonardBernstein's name has long been associated with the cultural fabric of New York, from the concert hall to Broadway.

'New York, New York, that helluva town' is the focus of this third programme. Bernstein's name has long been associated with the cultural fabric of the city, from his lifelong relationship with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to his success on Broadway. Donald Macleod features music from On the Town and West Side Story. We'll also hear the speaking voice of Bernstein's devoted wife Felicia performing in part II of his third symphony 'Kaddish'.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    On the Town: New York, New York

    Performer: Adolph Green (tenor), John Reardon (baritone), Cris Alexander (speaker), Chorus and orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • CBS MASTERWORKS MK 44760.
    • 1.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Three Dance episodes from 'On the Town'

    Performer: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • SONY CLASSICAL SMK 47530.
    • 1.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story: Act 1 – America; Cool; One hand, one heart; Tonight

    Performer: Anita – Tatiana Troyanos (mezzo soprano), Rosalia – Louise Edeiken (soprano), Riff – Kurt Ollmann (bass-baritone), Maria – Kiri te Kanawa (soprano), Tony – José Carreras (tenor), Chorus and orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 457 199-2.
    • 12.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphony no 3 'Kaddish': 2nd movement

    Performer: Felicia Montealegre (speaker), Jennie Tourel (soprano), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • SONY CLASSICAL SMK 60595.
    • 2.

Broadcasts

Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

The production team reflects on 5 of Donald Macleod’s best stories from the last 20 years

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

The composer of Jerusalem was very far from the conservative figure his image suggests.

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

What is the strange power of Jerusalem which makes strong men weep?

Composer Help Page

Composer Help Page

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.