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BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms / On the Waterfront

Composer(s):Bernstein, Leonard
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559177
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Commissioned in 1965 by the Dean of Chichester, Bernstein’s colourful Chichester Psalms is one of the composer’s most successful and accessible works on religious texts, contrasting spiritual austerity with impulsive rhythms in a contemplation of peace. The composer fashioned his Oscar-nominated score to the 1954 movie On the Waterfront into a symphonic suite, skilfully capturing the oppression of the New York dockyards in the ’50s. The Three Dance Episodes were extracted from the popular On The Town, Bernstein's first successful foray into musical theatre.


Review By Newsday,

"Alsop's passion, generosity and disregard of barriers bring to mind Bernstein, with whom she studied at Tanglewood, and they promise to serve her well in "Candide." "She giggles at the idea advanced by some British critics that her being American might account for the distinctive pulse and vitality of her conducting, as in her recent Naxos disc of Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and suites from "On the Town" and "On the Waterfront." "I know a lot of Americans with very poor rhythm," she says."

Review By Lawrence A. Johnson,South Florida Sun-Sentinel,

"One of the best recordings of Leonard Bernstein's music in years...Marin Alsop's idiomatic touch and clear empathy for her mentor's music is manifest on this recent is the performance of the Chichester Psalms that makes this disc a must-buy...Alsop's disc is essential for all Bernstein fans."

Review By Clarke Bustard,Richmond Times-Dispatch,

"A better investment would be a new disc of "Chichester Psalms," the "On the Waterfront" Symphonic Suite and "Three Dance Episodes from 'On the Town," featuring the Bernstein protegee Marin Alsop, her new orchestra, Britain's Bournemouth Symphony, its chorus and soloists.

Alsop's immersion in the American musical idiom - so much like Bernstein's own - makes her the ideal interpreter of this composer's works. Her jazzy rhythmic touch is especially welcome in the "On the Town" set."

Review By Réjean Beaucage,Naxos,January 2009

L'année 2003 marque le 85 e anniversaire de naissance de Leonard Bernstein, un homme qui a largement contribué à donner à la musique américaine ses lettres de noblesse. À cette occasion, parait une pléthore d'enregistrements, historiques ou nouveaux. Sony propose le meilleur panorama possible en deux coffrets dédiés l'un au travail du compositeur et l'autre à celui du chef. Le premier nous offre les Chichester Psalms de 1965, un extrait de la Serenade avec le violon d'Isaac Stern, ou les Prelude, Fugue and Riffs pour clarinette et ensemble de jazz avec Benny Goodman. Sans oublier, bien sûr, de nombreux extraits de ses œuvres pour la scène, ballets ou comédies more....

Review By Steven Suskin,Playbill,January 2004

"The Chichester Psalms is the marquee attraction on this disc, from the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop...The album is rounded out with the familiar "Three Dance Episodes" from On the Town, but it is the "On the Waterfront" suite that is most striking. This CD, on the low-price Naxos label, is an easy choice for Bernstein fans."

Review By Marc Shulgold,Rocky Mountain News,October 2003

"Denver concert audiences have long been enjoying the talents of one of his protegees, Marin Alsop. Her easy way of talking music with Colorado Symphony audiences comes directly from Lenny's gift for communicating. And her approach to leading American music mirrors his ability to swing as only a Yankee can.

Further proof of Alsop's way with his music comes via a new recording on Naxos' "American Classics" series, a Bernstein disc marking Alsop's debut with her English orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony.



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