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“Leonard Bernstein was my hero as a child and my mentor as an adult. Like the man himself, his music transcends barriers and breaks boundaries, reminding us of music’s incredible power to speak directly to our souls. Fun, glorious, intense, outrageous, comforting, confrontational, profound … This is the Leonard Bernstein I knew and loved.”

Marin Alsop

BERNSTEIN, L.: Orchestral Music (Complete Naxos Recordings) (8-CD Box Set)
[8 CDs + 1 Bonus DVD Boxed set]
Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918–1990)
The Complete Naxos Recordings

Various Artists
Marin Alsop

Leonard Bernstein was without question the greatest musician America ever produced. As an inspirational teacher and renowned conductor he was the nation’s musical ambassador to the world, and his work as a composer bridged gaps and broke down barriers, reaching audiences way beyond the normal boundaries of classical music. This celebration of Bernstein’s centenary brings together all of the acclaimed Naxos recordings of his music conducted by his protégée Marin Alsop as well as new and world premiere recordings, and an insightful documentary DVD in which colleagues and family sum up this boundlessly brilliant and charismatic musical giant of the 20th century.

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What's in the boxed set
BERNSTEIN, L.: Slava! / 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite / CBS Music / A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet
8.559813 • CD7
Suite for Orchestra from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Slava! A Political Overture
CBS Music • Times Square Ballet from On the Town
Mambo from West Side Story
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Alsop


BERNSTEIN, L.: Candide Overture / Fancy Free Suite / Anniversaries / Wonderful Town Overture
8.559814 • CD8
Anniversaries for Orchestra
Fancy Free • Overture to Candide
Overture to Wonderful Town

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Alsop


BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonic Dances and Three Dances Episodes
2.110570 [DVD]
Larger than Life

A Film by Georg Wübbolt

This fascinating documentary shows why Bernstein was one of the most influential classical musicians of the last century. The film includes interviews with Leonard Bernstein’s children as well as colleagues and artistic collaborators such as Gustavo Dudamel, Stephen Sondheim, Kent Nagano, Marin Alsop, and many others.

8.559790 • CD1
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

Cano • Thibaudet
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
“Alsop really does outdo Bernstein himself; the playing of the Baltimore Symphony here is sensational”
  Listen to an extract from
Symphony No. 1:
II. Profanation
8.559742 • CD2
Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish"

Bloom • Nassief
The São Paulo Symphony Choir
The Maryland State Boychoir
The Washington Chorus
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
“An incisive and brilliant account of the Third Symphony in its original version.”
Pizzicato ★★★★
  Listen to an extract from
Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish”:
Ia. Invocation
8.559245 • CD3
Serenade • Facsimile

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
“Marin Alsop produces brilliantly fresh and alive playing from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s strings.”
The Strad
  Listen to an extract from
III. Erixymachos: Presto
8.559622-23 • CD4 and CD5

Sykes • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
“Alsop is at the root of everything, of course, and her Baltimore players surge ever forward”
  Listen to an extract from
First Introit:
Prefatory Prayers
8.559177 • CD6
Chichester Psalms • On the Waterfront
On the Town

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra • Alsop
“… sensitive, exciting, and impressively lucid performances … In the "Chichester Psalms" ... Ms. Alsop has such long experience as a jazz performer that she captures the music's rhythmic swing without making it obvious.
The Bournemouth Symphony, in technically adept, bracing performances, plays like a
top-notch orchestra.”
The New York Times
  Listen to an extract from
Chichester Psalms:
II. Psalm 23

About the Artists
Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), where her success has garnered national and international attention for her innovative programming and artistry. Alsop took up the post of principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and became music director in July 2013. In September 2013 she became the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London – an honour that she repeated in 2015. She was appointed artistic director of the prestigious Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in January 2018.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is recognised as one of America’s most innovative orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural organisations. The orchestra is internationally acclaimed and locally admired for its outstanding concerts, recordings, broadcasts, touring, and for its ground-breaking education and community outreach initiatives. The BSO annually performs for more than 350,000 community members throughout the State of Maryland.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is one of the most dynamic and innovative symphony orchestras in the UK today. The orchestra is known internationally through its 300-plus recordings, and continues to release numerous CDs each year with Naxos. Recent critically acclaimed recordings have included music by Bernstein, Bartók, Sibelius, Glass, Adams and Elgar, and three GRAMMY® Award-nominated discs of Stokowski transcriptions with José Serebrier.
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Since its first concert in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo / OSESP) has become an inseparable part of São Paulo and Brazilian culture, promoting deep cultural and social transformation. The orchestra has released over 80 recordings, and its concerts are regularly broadcast on television and radio, as well as on the internet.

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