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Donald Macleod and Bernstein protegée Marin Alsop explore the composer’s all-American journey from upstart son of a Jewish immigrant, to superstar ambassador for his nation’s music

Leonard Bernstein blazed a trail for American conductors when he became the first native to take the reins of one of the country’s ‘big 5’ orchestras. To end this centenary week, Donald Macleod and Bernstein protegée Marin Alsop explore Bernstein’s journey from upstart son of a Jewish immigrant, to superstar ambassador for American music.

Samba (Divertimento)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Jarvi, conductor

Mr and Mrs Webb Say Goodnight (Arias and Barcarolles)
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Neil Percy & Simon Carrington, other voices
London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

On the Waterfront (Suite)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor

Songfest (excerpts)
Walter Plante, tenor
Patricia Spence, alto
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lucky to be Me (On the Town)
John Reardon, singer
On the Town Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

57 minutes

Music Played

  • The Nice

    America (Live)

    • Prog Rock.
    • Gut Active.
    • 3.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Samba (Divertimento for orchestra)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 14.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Mr and Mrs Webb Say Goodnight (Arias and Barcarolles)

    Performer: Neil Percy. Singer: Frederica von Stade. Singer: Thomas Hampson. Singer: Simon Carrington. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • DG.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    On The Waterfront Suite

    Performer: Christian Lindberg. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • BIS.
    • BIS.
    • 14.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Zizi's Lament; What Lips My Lips Have Kissed; Israfel (Songfest)

    Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Walter Planté. Singer: Patricia Spence. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • RCA VICTOR.
    • RCA VICTOR.
    • 10.

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