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BERNSTEIN: Serenade / Facsimile / Divertimento

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.

Bernstein, Leonard

1.   I. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro 00:06:56
2.   II. Aristophanes: Allegretto 00:04:40
3.   III. Erixymachos: Presto 00:01:35
4.   IV. Agathon: Adagio 00:06:56
5.   V. Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace 00:11:11
6.   Facsimile 00:18:38
7.   I. Sennets and Tuckets: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio 00:01:40
8.   II. Waltz: Allegretto, con grazia 00:01:59
9.   III. Mazurka: Mesto 00:01:55
10.   IV. Samba: Allegro giusto 00:01:09
11.   V: Turkey Trot: Allegretto, ben misurato 00:01:46
12.   VI. Sphinxes: Adagio lugubre 00:00:46
13.   VII. Blues: Slow blues tempo 00:01:40
14.   VIII. In Memoriam: March, "The BSO Forever" 00:04:18

Total Playing Time: 01:05:09

Bernstein, Leonard

Alsop, Marin

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Quint, Philippe; Walden, Timothy

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Ballet; Concertos; Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559245

Barcode: 636943924525

Physical Release: 11/2005

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