Gershwin: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Candide Overture; Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris

Gershwin: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Candide Overture; Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris

Leonard Bernstein

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Perhaps the most significant figure in 20th Century American music, Leonard Bernstein was an artist of formidable talent and drive. His legacy as a pianist, composer, educator and conductor will surely continue to shape the USA's cultural landscape through the 21st Century and beyond. His relationship with the 'Big Apple' was significant and enduring. His tenure with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra produced a wealth of audio and television recordings, and he revived the music of Mahler and Sibelius with the orchestra while championing the work of home-grown composer Charles Ives. Indeed his most famous composition - West Side Story - is set in a Manhattan neighbourhood. Bernstein directs the New York Philharmonic in this collection of recordings dating from the 1950s and 60s. The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story have top billing but do also check out his overture to Candide and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, capturing Bernstein's skills at the piano as well as on the podium. read more

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