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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein Total Immersion

Total Immersion Leonard Bernstein: the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican with conductor David Charles Abell in Songfest, plus the Serenade with violinist Vadim Gluzman.

Total Immersion Leonard Bernstein: to mark the centenary of the composer and conductor the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican with conductor David Charles Abell in Songfest, plus the Serenade with violinist Vadim Gluzman.

Recorded at the Barbican Hall London on Saturday 27th January 2018
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Bernstein: Candide Overture; Serenade*

8.00pm
INTERVAL

8.20pm
Bernstein: Songfest#

Vadim Gluzman (violin)*
Sophia Burgos (soprano)#
Nicky Spence (tenor)#
J'Nai Bridges (mezzo-soprano)#
Fleur Barron (alto)#
Nmon Ford (baritone)#
Brandon Cedel (bass)#
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Charles Abell (conductor)

To mark the composer's centenary year, three very different faces of Leonard Bernstein in one concert. The overture to his opera Candide shows not just his virtuosity with the orchestra but his wit and knowledge of bel canto opera too - it's one of his most sparkling scores.
The Serenade, a philosophical reflection, is his violin concerto in all but name and has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Songfest, which Bernstein himself conducted at the 1988 BBC Proms, is an orchestral song-cycle for six soloists and orchestra. It celebrates many of the things closest to his heart in a 13 beautifully chosen poems, ranging from Walt Whitman and Edgar Allen Poe to Langston Hughes, June Jordan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gertrude Stein and EE Cummings. David Charles Abell, who worked with Bernstein during the 1980s, takes up the baton.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Serenade after Plato's Symposium

    Performer: Vadim Gluzman. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Touches

    Performer: Ryan Drucker.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Songfest

    Singer: Sophia Burgos. Singer: J’Nai Bridges. Singer: Fleur Barron. Singer: Nicky Spence. Singer: Nmon Ford. Singer: Brandon Cedel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    America from West Side Story

    Singer: Sophia Burgos. Singer: J’Nai Bridges. Singer: Fleur Barron. Singer: Nicky Spence. Singer: Nmon Ford. Singer: Brandon Cedel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
  • Rutland Boughton

    String Quartet in F major, 'From the Welsh Hills'

    Performer: Frances Mason. Performer: Marilyn Taylor. Performer: Christopher Wellington. Performer: Joy Hay. Ensemble: Rasumovsky Quartet.
    • Rutland Boughton String Quartets: Sarah Francis.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.

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