Bernstein’s search for peace
Symphony No. 3, Kaddish
Three examples of Leonard Bernstein’s vocal art can be heard in this recording. His Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ shuns traditional symphonic ideas in favour of an eclectic theatrical and oratorio-like form with a prominent rôle for speaker. For this recording Marin Alsop has returned to the work’s original narrative text, heard before the 1977 revision.
"As one of Bernstein’s last students, Alsop has tirelessly evangelised for his work. She understands it better than almost anyone”
- Gramophone on Bernstein Mass
1 September – Brahms Symphony No. 1
12 September – Last Night of the Proms
About Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene, known for her innovative programming and artistry. With her inaugural concerts as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), she became the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Alsop is also principal conductor and director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and conductor emeritus at the Bournemouth Symphony in the United Kingdom. In September 2013, she made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London, an honour that she will repeat this year on the 12th of September.
About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras. The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra’s twelfth music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. With her highly praised artistic vision, her dynamic musicianship and her commitment to accessibility in classical music, Marin Alsop’s leadership has ushered in a new era for the BSO and its audiences. In recent years, Marin Alsop and the BSO have been regularly invited to Carnegie Hall, including Marin Alsop’s début in February 2008, and a critically acclaimed appearance later the same year to perform Bernstein’s Mass.
“we finally have a worthy successor to Bernstein’s own recording… Power—emotional, musical—is the word.”