West Side Story

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Presented with the idea of a West Coast West Side Story, you might imagine some kind of unorthodox interpretation, but in fact this 2013 production, recorded live (and recorded very well indeed) for the San Francisco Symphony's in-house label falls squarely into traditions laid down by the work's composer, Leonard Bernstein. This is not to say that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas follows Bernstein's own recording of the Romeo and Juliet tale of the Sharks and the Jets, which had a heavily operatic tinge: this is a Broadway-style recording, not an operatic one, and the vocal qualities of Cheyenne Jackson as Tony and Alexandra Silber as Maria are not too far from those in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Presented with the idea of a West Coast West Side Story, you might imagine some kind of unorthodox interpretation, but in fact this 2013 production, recorded live (and recorded very well indeed) for the San Francisco Symphony's in-house label falls squarely into traditions laid down by the work's composer, Leonard Bernstein. This is not to say that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas follows Bernstein's own recording of the Romeo and Juliet tale of the Sharks and the Jets, which had a heavily operatic tinge: this is a Broadway-style recording, not an operatic one, and the vocal qualities of Cheyenne Jackson as Tony and Alexandra Silber as Maria are not too far from those in the hit soundtrack recording of the 1960s. Instead, it is Bernstein the composer who is the star of Tilson Thomas' show. Unlike the works of other Broadway composers who wrote tunes and left assistants to fill in conventional orchestration, Bernstein often made the orchestra a key partner in the action, and Tilson Thomas captures such details as the small keyboard line in "Maria" (perhaps a celesta) that is swallowed up in live performances and recordings. Tilson Thomas, like Bernstein, is comfortable with the variety of pop rhythms in the show, and the end result is a recording that really represents the best of both worlds. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • Label: Sfs Media
  • UPC: 821936005927
  • Catalog Number: 59
  • Sales rank: 24,521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Prologue - Alexandra Silber (3:56)
  2. 2 Act 1. Jet Song - Alexandra Silber (3:37)
  3. 3 Act 1. Something's Coming - Alexandra Silber (2:57)
  4. 4 Act 1. The Dance at the Gym. Blues - Alexandra Silber (2:16)
  5. 5 Act 1. The Dance at the Gym. Promenade - Alexandra Silber (0:29)
  6. 6 Act 1. The Dance at the Gym. Mambo - Alexandra Silber (2:26)
  7. 7 Act 1. The Dance at the Gym. Cha-Cha - Alexandra Silber (0:48)
  8. 8 Act 1. The Dance at the Gym. Meeting Scene - Alexandra Silber (1:52)
  9. 9 Act 1. The Dance at the Gym. Jump - Alexandra Silber (0:57)
  10. 10 Act 1. Maria - Alexandra Silber (2:47)
  11. 11 Act 1. Balcony Scene, Tonight - Alexandra Silber (1:40)
  12. 12 Act 1. Only You - Alexandra Silber (6:00)
  13. 13 Act 1. America - Alexandra Silber (5:19)
  14. 14 Act 1. Cool - Alexandra Silber (4:24)
  15. 15 Act 1. One Hand, One Heart - Alexandra Silber (5:35)
  16. 16 Act 1. Tonight - Alexandra Silber (3:51)
  17. 17 Act 1. The Rumble - Alexandra Silber (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Act 2. I Feel Pretty (4:14)
  2. 2 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Allegro agitato (0:42)
  3. 3 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Lo stesso tempo (0:36)
  4. 4 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Adagio (0:34)
  5. 5 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Scherzo (1:28)
  6. 6 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Somewhere (2:27)
  7. 7 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Procession & Nightmare (2:17)
  8. 8 Act 2. Ballet Sequence. Adagio (1:28)
  9. 9 Act 2. Gee, Officer Krupke (5:00)
  10. 10 Act 2. A Boy Like That (2:29)
  11. 11 Act 2. I Have a Love (3:31)
  12. 12 Act 2. Change of Scene (0:29)
  13. 13 Act 2. Jukebox, Taunting Scene (2:26)
  14. 14 Act 2. Finale (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Tilson Thomas Primary Artist, Conductor
San Francisco Symphony Performing Ensemble
San Francisco Symphony Chorus Choir, Chorus
Cheyenne Jackson Vocals
Cassie Simone Vocals
Kelly Markgraf Vocals
Zach Ford Vocals
Kevin Vortmann Vocals
Jessica Vosk Vocals
Chris Meissner Vocals
Justin Keyes Vocals
Juliana Hansen Vocals
Alexandra Silber Vocals
Michael Taylor Vocals
David Michael Laffey Vocals
Louise Marie Cornillez Vocals
Louis Pardo Vocals
Julia Bullock Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Rita Moreno Liner Notes
Michael Tilson Thomas Liner Notes
Jamie Bernstein Liner Notes
Jack Vad Producer
Arthur Laurents Book
Gus Pollek Engineering Support
James M. Keller Liner Notes
Riccardo Hernandez Cover Photo
Larry Rothe Liner Notes
Roni Jules Engineering Support
Jonathan Stevens Engineering Support
Denise Woodward Technical Design
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