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One Hell of a Splash

Donald Macleod assesses Leonard Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker who trod a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch.

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash”. That was one famous critic’s perceptive account of Bernstein in the New York Times. Today a look at Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker as he a treads a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch. Donald Macleod presents, with contributions from conductor Marin Alsop who was mentored by Bernstein in her early career.

Slava! A Political Overture
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mass (excerpts)
Jubliant Sukes, celebrant
Ahser Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children’s Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

I Hate Music!
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano

Kaddish (1st mvt)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Jamie Bernstein, speaker
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Slava! (A Political Overture)

    Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG 4479552.
    • DG.
    • 10.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Mass: Credo; Meditation; Offertory

    Singer: Jubilant Sykes. Singer: Asher Edward Wulfman. Choir: Morgan State University Choir. Choir: Peabody Children'S Chorus. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
    • NAXOS.
    • 20.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide (Act 2, No 21 - 23)

    Singer: Jerry Hadley. Singer: Adolph Green. Singer: Nicolai Gedda. Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    I Hate Music: A Cycle of 5 Kid Songs

    Performer: Tan Crone. Singer: Roberta Alexander.
    • ETCETERA : KTC-1037.
    • ETCETERA.
    • 1.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish" (1st movement)

    Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus. Narrator: Jamie Bernstein. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • CHANDOS : chan-10172.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.

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