West Side Story

West Side Story

by Michael Tilson Thomas

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Sfs Media
UPC: 0821936005927
catalogNumber: 59

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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