Bernstein conducts Bernstein

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Leonard Bernstein conducts his own works on this week's trip into the Philharmonic archives. It includes a choral work, his dramatic Third Symphony and two suites from The Dybbuk ballet.

Program Details:

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish”

Bernstein: Dybbuk ballet (first and second suites)

Comments [1]

Michael Meltzer

It is interesting that your lead-in introduces the Chichester Psalms as "a choral work," as though its title wouldn't be recognized.
Chichester Psalms is, hands down, Bernstein's best-known and most frequently performed "serious" composition with the possible exception of the Overture to Candide. If you include amateur performances it's a clear winner.
Those two are his only compositions to become universally popular standard repertoire. His symphonies are known, but they are far from standard.

Nov. 17 2011 12:19 PM

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