Bernstein Conducts Bernstein

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Leonard Bernstein pauses as he faces members of the New York Philharmonic on the Great Lawn in Central Park Leonard Bernstein pauses as he faces members of the New York Philharmonic on the Great Lawn in Central Park (C.J. Zumwalt/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

A week after what would have been his 97th birthday, the New York Philharmonic digs into its archives for an all-Leonard Bernstein program with the composer leading the orchestra.

Program playlist:
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (world premiere performance)
Bernstein: Kaddish, Symphony No.3
Bernstein: Suites 1 and 2 from the Dybbuk

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein Conducts Bernstein
Soloists: Camerata Singers; Abraham Kaplan, director
Columbus Boychoir; Donald Bryant, director
Jamie Bernstein, special co-host

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

The Koussevitzky Music Foundation commissioned Bernstein's Third Symphony in 1955, also to commemorate the 75h anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Composition was begun in 1961 and it was completed in 1963. The Third Symphony, "Kaddish", heard in this broadcast, is the recording Mr. Bernstein made with the New York Philharmonic for Columbia Masterworks (stereo KS 6005, monaural KL 6005) with Felicia Montealegre (Mrs. Bernstein), speaker, Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano, and the Camerata Singers, Abraham Kaplan, director and the Columbus Boychoir, Donald Bryant, director. The complete text is included with the vinyl LP along with a musical analysis by Jack Gottlieb, Assistant to Mr. Bernstein. "Chichester Psalms" is the Columbia Masterworks recording (stereo MS 6792 monaural ML 6192) with the Camerata Singers, Abraham Kaplan, director, and John Bogart, alto solo. The Hebrew-English text is provided. In 1965, The Dean of Chichester, the Very Reverend Walter Hussey, commissioned the work. The fFrward to the full score provides this information: "Every summer the Cathedral of Chichester, in Sussex, England, joins choral forces with its neighbors, Winchester and Salisbury, to produce a music festival...The first performance of the original version, as conceived by Mr. Bernstein for all-male choir, was heard on July 31, 1965, at Chichester". As correctly stated, the world premiere was on July 15, 1965 at Philharmonic Hall with the New York Philharmonic.

Sep. 06 2015 02:37 PM
Mariclar from Brooklyn, NY

Might it be at all possible, somewhere in this brief blurb on Bernstein conducting Bernstein, to give any information about who the artists were? -- aside from Bernstein, of course. Never having heard the Kaddish Symphony before, I'd love to know who the "narrator" with the breathless voice was on this recording. Can't imagine why the names of the individuals artists aren't provided anywhere...

Sep. 04 2015 12:14 AM

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