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James H. North
Fanfare, September 2012

Arias and Barcarolles, Leonard Bernstein’s final work, is a potpourri of his music and his personality…The seven songs—mostly to his own texts—have considerable charm and much variety, and the music is thoroughly Bernstein…

Samuel Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal—written at age 21—is a sparkling gem. One suspects, from its structure and its orchestration, that Barber modeled it after Berlioz’s brilliant overtures, and it is a worthy match for them, with just enough harmonic piquancy to claim its place in the 20th century. This performance captures that spirit fully. this is a worthwhile disc… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review



Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, May 2012

The Bernstein songs, orchestrated by Bright Sheng under the composer’s supervision, are fun. The music…grows on you. Barber’s familiar “School for Scandal” Overture gets a peppy treatment here, with bright bursts of sound. The Diamond elegy…is cathartic, with its drawn-out blasts of brass, its long, mournful lines. © 2012 The Buffalo News Read complete review






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