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BERNSTEIN: Jewish Legacy (A)

Composer(s):AnonymousBernstein, Leonard
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicChoral - SacredInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.559407
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


“What are the Jewish roots I long for?” wrote Leonard Bernstein as he pondered one of his many Jewish-inspired compositions. This unique collection of rarely heard works—including several world-premiere recordings—reveals many possible answers to Bernstein’s question. Triumphal processions, mysterious invocations, intimate Jewish character portraits, rousing dances; all of these musical offerings present the great eclectic imagination of one of America’s foremost 20th-century composers.


Review By Jason Victor Serinus,Gay City News Bay Windows (Boston, Mass.),

"The performances and recording quality are equally stellar."
"The performances and recording quality are equally stellar."
"...this disc cannot be beat."

Review By John Fleming,St. Petersburg Times,

"Naxos has been busy with Bernstein. In one of the budget label's best releases, Marin Alsop conducts Great Britain's Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in Chichester Psalms, his setting of Hebrew texts for boy treble and mixed choir. It also has a suite from his score for the movie "On the Waterfront" and three dances from his 1944 musical "On the Town."

Another recent Naxos disc is unexpectedly poignant in that it shows off how good the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra could be before money problems forced it to fold last spring. James Judd conducts the Candide overture, Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" and Bernstein's second symphony, "The Age of Anxiety."


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,June 2005



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