Bernstein: Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety, Divertimento

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
It must be daunting to conduct Bernstein's music. He was one of the greatest conductors of his day, after all, and unparalleled when it came to interpreting his own work. That hasn't stopped Leonard Slatkin, though. Slatkin has been championing Bernstein's music for years and is very much at home in its eclectic, intense style. Perhaps Bernstein could make the "Profanation" movement from Jeremiah dance more wildly, but Slatkin coaxes some white-hot playing from the BBC Symphony. Slatkin tends to emphasize the music's lyrical elements, which pays off particularly well in these two symphonies. Jeremiah is an especially songful work -- and even the Age of Anxiety, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
It must be daunting to conduct Bernstein's music. He was one of the greatest conductors of his day, after all, and unparalleled when it came to interpreting his own work. That hasn't stopped Leonard Slatkin, though. Slatkin has been championing Bernstein's music for years and is very much at home in its eclectic, intense style. Perhaps Bernstein could make the "Profanation" movement from Jeremiah dance more wildly, but Slatkin coaxes some white-hot playing from the BBC Symphony. Slatkin tends to emphasize the music's lyrical elements, which pays off particularly well in these two symphonies. Jeremiah is an especially songful work -- and even the Age of Anxiety, despite all its references to jazz and its dramatic outbursts, is essentially reflective. Slatkin is fortunate to have a pair of excellent soloists. Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung's smoky tone is very moving in Jeremiah's agonized "Lamentation." And pianist James Tocco, a Bernstein specialist, plays brilliantly. His way with the delicate, syncopated "Masque" is perhaps the best on record: pointed and poised, cool and clear. Speaking of clear -- Chandos' sound packs a powerful sonic punch. Strongly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115988923
  • Catalog Number: 9889
  • Sales rank: 240,905

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 1 ("Jeremiah") - Leonard Bernstein & BBC Symphony Orchestra (26:00)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos - Leonard Bernstein & BBC Symphony Orchestra (37:42)
  3. 22–29 Divertimento for orchestra - Leonard Bernstein & BBC Symphony Orchestra (15:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Slatkin Primary Artist
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