NOW AVAILABLE ON NAXOS’ AMERICAN CLASSICS
Leonard BERNSTEIN: Serenade for Solo
Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion; Facsimile: Choreographic
Essay for Orchestra; Divertimento for Orchestra
Philippe Quint, violin
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,
(UPC 636943924525; release date: November
The Serenade (1954),
inspired by Plato’s Symposium and distinguished by Bernstein as
his “most satisfying” work, features violinist Philippe Quint, whose Naxos recording
Schuman’s Violin Concerto received two GRAMMY nominations.
Quint will perform Ned Rorem’s Violin Concerto on an upcoming Naxos recording
with José Serebrier and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The first movement of the Serenade includes the slow, lyrical melody of
the song “Maria” from West
Side Story (Naxos 8559126).
(1946), both acerbic and tender in tone, depicts post-war malaise and
the spiritual vacuum of modern man. In the Divertimento for Orchestra
(1980), composed for the centenary of the Boston Symphony, Bernstein enjoys
himself with many musical puns and breezy humor.
This CD is performed by Marin Alsop and the
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, whose recording of Bernstein’s Chichester
Psalms received significant critical acclaim.
OTHER AMERICAN CLASSICS NEW RELEASES
Music for Two Pianos
and Marcel Bergmann
Morton GOULD: Fall RiverLegend; “Jekyll and Hyde” Variations
8.559242 (UPC 636943924228)
Sean HICKEY: Left at the Fork in the Road, etc.
New Prospect Chamber Players, Sungjin
8.559279 (UPC 636943927922)
Alan HOVHANESS: Symphonies Nos. 4, 20, and 53
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music
and Drama Wind Orchestra, Keith Brion
8.559207 (UPC 636943920725)
Judith Lang ZAIMONT: Parable: Tale of Abram and Isaac; Sacred Service
8.559444 (UPC 636943944424)