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Bernstein: West Side Story Suite

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
When Leonard Bernstein was just starting out, it was unthinkable that a composer of Broadway musicals would be taken seriously by classical audiences. Of course, Bernstein had his cake and ate it too, going on to become revered as a conductor, while he wrote brilliant and influential musicals such as On the Town, West Side Story, and Candide. And in doing so, he paved the way for many young, classically trained musicians who simply refuse to be confined to the classics. Joshua Bell is one of these artists, and on this ingenious program, he has created a wonderful tribute to Bernstein, including a new suite for violin and orchestra by the Tony Award-winning ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
When Leonard Bernstein was just starting out, it was unthinkable that a composer of Broadway musicals would be taken seriously by classical audiences. Of course, Bernstein had his cake and ate it too, going on to become revered as a conductor, while he wrote brilliant and influential musicals such as On the Town, West Side Story, and Candide. And in doing so, he paved the way for many young, classically trained musicians who simply refuse to be confined to the classics. Joshua Bell is one of these artists, and on this ingenious program, he has created a wonderful tribute to Bernstein, including a new suite for violin and orchestra by the Tony Award-winning arranger William David Brohn that draws on the most popular tunes from West Side Story. This is an effective and substantial work, lasting some 20 minutes, that gives Bell plenty of opportunity to show off his stunning technique and singing tone. Bell also offers a bracing performance of one of Bernstein's finest symphonic works, the Serenade after Plato's "Symposium". Other arrangements from Bernstein's Broadway classics fill out the program: "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide, with "Lonely Town" and "New York, New York" from On the Town. David Zinman elicits zesty playing from London's Philharmonia Orchestra, and the recorded sound is immediate and detailed. Lenny would have loved this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998935822
  • Catalog Number: 89358
  • Sales rank: 13,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 West Side Story Suite, for violin & orchestra (after Bernstein) - arranged for violin & orchestra by William David Brohn - David Zinman & William David Brohn (19:01)
  2. 2 Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra: Lonely Town - David Zinman & Leonard Bernstein (4:10)
  3. 3 Make Our Garden Grow (from "Candide"), song for voice & orchestra or piano - David Zinman & Leonard Bernstein (5:31)
  4. 4 Serenade (after Plato's Symposium), for violin & orchestra - David Zinman & Leonard Bernstein (30:23)
  5. 5 New York, New York (from "On the Town"), song for voice & piano - David Zinman & Leonard Bernstein (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
New Philharmonia Orchestra Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Beautiful Sound In All The World!!!

    Through the years, I've heard many interpretations of West Side Story, but nothing quite like Mr. Bell's. The beautiful melodic sound of his violin has made his interpret so emotionally moving that listening to songs like "Maria" & "Somewhere" has always brought tears to my eyes. He puts so much heart and soul into the music that I can hear his violin sing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Terific Tribute

    In the music world, for a artist to rearange or change a masterpiece such as West Side Story by famed composer Leonard Bernstein could be met with failure, but Josh has done anything but failed on this piece of art. Feel the anxcioty of the Rumble songs and then relax to the haunting and stirring of Josh's rendition of the melodies " Somewhere " and " Maria" . Even Josh would make Leonard B. Proud of this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tale of Two Sides

    A masterpiece of moviemaking with music and dance to match. One of my all time favorite movies, and I've seen alot of them.

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