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BERNSTEIN: Serenade / Facsimile / Divertimento

Composer(s)Bernstein, Leonard
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559245
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Conductor, composer, educator, pianist: Leonard Bernstein was, without question, the greatest musician America has ever produced. Bernstein described his Serenade, inspired by Plato’s Symposium, as a “series of related statements in praise of love” and considered it his “most satisfying” work. Of particular note is the slow lyrical melody in the first movement, Phaedrus, soon to be immortalised in Maria from West Side Story (Naxos 8.559126). Facsimile, a work by turns acerbic and tender, depicts post-war malaise and the spiritual vacuum of modern man. In the Divertimento for Orchestra, composed for the Boston Symphony on their centenary, Bernstein enjoys himself with many musical puns and breezy humour.

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Work/Track Title Time
BERNSTEIN: Serenade / Facsimile / Divertimento 1:05:09   
      I. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro 6:56       
      II. Aristophanes: Allegretto 4:40       
      III. Erixymachos: Presto 1:35       
      IV. Agathon: Adagio 6:56       
      V. Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace 11:11       
  Facsimile 18:38       
      I. Sennets and Tuckets: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio 1:40       
      II. Waltz: Allegretto, con grazia 1:59       
      III. Mazurka: Mesto 1:55       
      IV. Samba: Allegro giusto 1:09       
      V: Turkey Trot: Allegretto, ben misurato 1:46       
      VI. Sphinxes: Adagio lugubre 0:46       
      VII. Blues: Slow blues tempo 1:40       
      VIII. In Memoriam: March, "The BSO Forever" 4:18       
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