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American Dreams20180824

A look at how Bernstein forged his position as a superstar ambassador for American music

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Leonard Bernstein blazed a trail for American conductors when he became the first native to take the reins of one of the country’s ‘big 5’ orchestras. To end this centenary week, Donald Macleod and Bernstein protegée Marin Alsop explore Bernstein’s journey from upstart son of a Jewish immigrant, to superstar ambassador for American music.

Samba (Divertimento)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Jarvi, conductor

Mr and Mrs Webb Say Goodnight (Arias and Barcarolles)
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Neil Percy & Simon Carrington, other voices
London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

On the Waterfront (Suite)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor

Songfest (excerpts)
Walter Plante, tenor
Patricia Spence, alto
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lucky to be Me (On the Town)
John Reardon, singer
On the Town Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"""

"A look at how Bernstein forged his position as a superstar ambassador for AmeBattle Acts [radio 1 Comedy]

Into The Groove20180821

Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the jazz influence in Bernstein's work.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

There are no neutrals when it comes to Leonard Bernstein: exhibitionist, a playboy touring Italy in a Maserati, an exhilarating conductor, provocative thinker, ‘one of the most electrifying personalities of our time’. 2018 marks the centenary of this life-affirming composer who always preferred to call himself, simply, ‘musician’.

This week Donald Macleod is joined by Bernstein protegée, the conductor Marin Alsop, to look back at Bernstein’s hectic life as composer, pianist, thinker and entertainer. And, thanks to the BBC radio and TV archives, we hear from the man himself in interviews he gave through the course of his prolific career. We discover a man who was forceful in his views, passionate to the extreme, charismatic on the stage, but also latterly tormented by regrets and a feeling that he had never quite achieved the magnum opus inside him.

The musical West Side Story is a touch-stone. It defined Bernstein’s career but also offered a troubling insight into his personality as his ‘definitive’ recording fell short of his expectations before his eyes. Marin Alsop was there in the studio, thanks to her father who played violin on the recording and, thanks to her memories, we dig beneath the surface of Bernstein’s apparent petulance to discover the truth of a tormented man reaching the sunset of his career.

Bernstein was nothing if not a chameleon, and the week begins in the world of jazz which inspired much of Bernstein’s finest work. Drummer Buddy Rich gives us his take on West Side Story, and Bernstein proves that even the intense poetry WH Auden can swing if you try hard enough.

Enter Three Sailors (Fancy Free)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Prelude Fugue and Riffs
New York Philharmonic
Columbia Jazz Combo
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

The Lark (Latin Choruses)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

The Age of Anxiety (part 2)
New York Philharmonic
Lukas Foss, piano
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

arr. Buddy Rich: West Side Story
The Buddy Rich Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the jazz influence in Bernstein's work.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

There are no neutrals when it comes to Leonard Bernstein: exhibitionist, a playboy touring Italy in a Maserati, an exhilarating conductor, provocative thinker, ‘one of the most electrifying personalities of our time’. 2018 marks the centenary of this life-affirming composer who always preferred to call himself, simply, ‘musician’.

This week Donald Macleod is joined by Bernstein protegée, the conductor Marin Alsop, to look back at Bernstein’s hectic life as composer, pianist, thinker and entertainer. And, thanks to the BBC radio and TV archives, we hear from the man himself in interviews he gave through the course of his prolific career. We discover a man who was forceful in his views, passionate to the extreme, charismatic on the stage, but also latterly tormented by regrets and a feeling that he had never quite achieved the magnum opus inside him.

The musical West Side Story is a touch-stone. It defined Bernstein’s career but also offered a troubling insight into his personality as his ‘definitive’ recording fell short of his expectations before his eyes. Marin Alsop was there in the studio, thanks to her father who played violin on the recording and, thanks to her memories, we dig beneath the surface of Bernstein’s apparent petulance to discover the truth of a tormented man reaching the sunset of his career.

Bernstein was nothing if not a chameleon, and the week begins in the world of jazz which inspired much of Bernstein’s finest work. Drummer Buddy Rich gives us his take on West Side Story, and Bernstein proves that even the intense poetry WH Auden can swing if you try hard enough.

Enter Three Sailors (Fancy Free)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Prelude Fugue and Riffs
New York Philharmonic
Columbia Jazz Combo
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

The Lark (Latin Choruses)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

The Age of Anxiety (part 2)
New York Philharmonic
Lukas Foss, piano
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

arr. Buddy Rich: West Side Story
The Buddy Rich Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

One Hell Of A Splash20180823

Donald Macleod sizes up Bernstein's reputation as a musical thinker

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash ? That was one famous critic’s perceptive account of Bernstein in the New York Times. Today a look at Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker as he a treads a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch. Donald Macleod presents, with contributions from conductor Marin Alsop who was mentored by Bernstein in her early career.

Slava! A Political Overture
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mass (excerpts)
Jubliant Sukes, celebrant
Ahser Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children’s Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

I Hate Music!
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano

Kaddish (1st mvt)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Jamie Bernstein, speaker
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"""

Donald Macleod sizes up Bernstein's reputation as a musical thinker

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash”. That was one famous critic’s perceptive account of Bernstein in the New York Times. Today a look at Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker as he a treads a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch. Donald Macleod presents, with contributions from conductor Marin Alsop who was mentored by Bernstein in her early career.

Slava! A Political Overture
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mass (excerpts)
Jubliant Sukes, celebrant
Ahser Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children’s Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

I Hate Music!
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano

Kaddish (1st mvt)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Jamie Bernstein, speaker
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"Donald Macleod sizes up Bernstein's reputation as a musical thinker

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash ? That was onBattle Acts [radio 1 Comedy]

Setting A Scene20180822

Donald Macleod and Marin Alsop explore Bernstein's genius for musical theatre

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Whether he liked it or not, Leonard Bernstein’s works for the stage came to define his legacy. Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the composer’s gift for reaching new audiences through his theatre works, not least the hit musical West Side Story. Plus, a work which takes a painfully close snapshot of the young Bernstein’s family life.

The Children Fly (Peter Pan)
Jean Arthur (Peter)
Marcia Henderson (Wendy)
Charles Taylor (Michael)
Peg Hillias (Mrs Darling)
Boris Karloff (Mr Darling)

Wonderful Town (Overture)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Simon Rattle, conductor

A Quiet Place (Act 1 finale)
John Brandstetter, baritone (Junior)
Beverly Morgan, soprano (Dede)
Peter Kazaras, tenor (Francois)
Chester Ludgin, baritone (Sam)
Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

West Side Story (excerpts)
Carol Lawrence (Maria)
Reri Grist (Consuela)
Marilyn Cooper (Rosalia)
Carmen Gutierrez (Teresita)
Elizabeth Taylor (Francesca)
Grover Dale (Snowboy)
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

Donald Macleod and Marin Alsop explore Bernstein's genius for musical theatre

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Whether he liked it or not, Leonard Bernstein’s works for the stage came to define his legacy. Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the composer’s gift for reaching new audiences through his theatre works, not least the hit musical West Side Story. Plus, a work which takes a painfully close snapshot of the young Bernstein’s family life.

The Children Fly (Peter Pan)
Jean Arthur (Peter)
Marcia Henderson (Wendy)
Charles Taylor (Michael)
Peg Hillias (Mrs Darling)
Boris Karloff (Mr Darling)

Wonderful Town (Overture)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Simon Rattle, conductor

A Quiet Place (Act 1 finale)
John Brandstetter, baritone (Junior)
Beverly Morgan, soprano (Dede)
Peter Kazaras, tenor (Francois)
Chester Ludgin, baritone (Sam)
Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

West Side Story (excerpts)
Carol Lawrence (Maria)
Reri Grist (Consuela)
Marilyn Cooper (Rosalia)
Carmen Gutierrez (Teresita)
Elizabeth Taylor (Francesca)
Grover Dale (Snowboy)
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

201801Into The Groove20180821

Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the jazz influence in Bernstein's work.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

There are no neutrals when it comes to Leonard Bernstein: exhibitionist, a playboy touring Italy in a Maserati, an exhilarating conductor, provocative thinker, ‘one of the most electrifying personalities of our time’. 2018 marks the centenary of this life-affirming composer who always preferred to call himself, simply, ‘musician’.

This week Donald Macleod is joined by Bernstein protegée, the conductor Marin Alsop, to look back at Bernstein’s hectic life as composer, pianist, thinker and entertainer. And, thanks to the BBC radio and TV archives, we hear from the man himself in interviews he gave through the course of his prolific career. We discover a man who was forceful in his views, passionate to the extreme, charismatic on the stage, but also latterly tormented by regrets and a feeling that he had never quite achieved the magnum opus inside him.

The musical West Side Story is a touch-stone. It defined Bernstein’s career but also offered a troubling insight into his personality as his ‘definitive’ recording fell short of his expectations before his eyes. Marin Alsop was there in the studio, thanks to her father who played violin on the recording and, thanks to her memories, we dig beneath the surface of Bernstein’s apparent petulance to discover the truth of a tormented man reaching the sunset of his career.

Bernstein was nothing if not a chameleon, and the week begins in the world of jazz which inspired much of Bernstein’s finest work. Drummer Buddy Rich gives us his take on West Side Story, and Bernstein proves that even the intense poetry WH Auden can swing if you try hard enough.

Enter Three Sailors (Fancy Free)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Prelude Fugue and Riffs
New York Philharmonic
Columbia Jazz Combo
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

The Lark (Latin Choruses)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

The Age of Anxiety (part 2)
New York Philharmonic
Lukas Foss, piano
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

arr. Buddy Rich: West Side Story
The Buddy Rich Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"

There are no neutrals when it comes to Leonard Bernstein: exhibitionist, a playboy touring Italy in a Maserati, an exhilarating conductor, provocative thinker, ‘one of the most electrifying personalities of our time’. 2018 marks the centenary of this life-affirming composer who always preferred to call himself, simply, ‘musician’.

This week Donald Macleod is joined by Bernstein protegée, the conductor Marin Alsop, to look back at Bernstein’s hectic life as composer, pianist, thinker and entertainer. And, thanks to the BBC radio and TV archives, we hear from the man himself in interviews he gave through the course of his prolific career. We discover a man who was forceful in his views, passionate to the extreme, charismatic on the stage, but also latterly tormented by regrets and a feeling that he had never quite achieved the magnum opus inside him.

The musical West Side Story is a touch-stone. It defined Bernstein’s career but also offered a troubling insight into his personality as his ‘definitive’ recording fell short of his expectations before his eyes. Marin Alsop was there in the studio, thanks to her father who played violin on the recording and, thanks to her memories, we dig beneath the surface of Bernstein’s apparent petulance to discover the truth of a tormented man reaching the sunset of his career.

Bernstein was nothing if not a chameleon, and the week begins in the world of jazz which inspired much of Bernstein’s finest work. Drummer Buddy Rich gives us his take on West Side Story, and Bernstein proves that even the intense poetry WH Auden can swing if you try hard enough.

Enter Three Sailors (Fancy Free)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Prelude Fugue and Riffs
New York Philharmonic
Columbia Jazz Combo
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

The Lark (Latin Choruses)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

The Age of Anxiety (part 2)
New York Philharmonic
Lukas Foss, piano
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

arr. Buddy Rich: West Side Story
The Buddy Rich Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"

201802Setting A Scene20180822

Donald Macleod and Marin Alsop explore Bernstein's genius for musical theatre

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Whether he liked it or not, Leonard Bernstein’s works for the stage came to define his legacy. Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the composer’s gift for reaching new audiences through his theatre works, not least the hit musical West Side Story. Plus, a work which takes a painfully close snapshot of the young Bernstein’s family life.

The Children Fly (Peter Pan)
Jean Arthur (Peter)
Marcia Henderson (Wendy)
Charles Taylor (Michael)
Peg Hillias (Mrs Darling)
Boris Karloff (Mr Darling)

Wonderful Town (Overture)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Simon Rattle, conductor

A Quiet Place (Act 1 finale)
John Brandstetter, baritone (Junior)
Beverly Morgan, soprano (Dede)
Peter Kazaras, tenor (Francois)
Chester Ludgin, baritone (Sam)
Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

West Side Story (excerpts)
Carol Lawrence (Maria)
Reri Grist (Consuela)
Marilyn Cooper (Rosalia)
Carmen Gutierrez (Teresita)
Elizabeth Taylor (Francesca)
Grover Dale (Snowboy)
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"

Whether he liked it or not, Leonard Bernstein’s works for the stage came to define his legacy. Donald Macleod and conductor Marin Alsop explore the composer’s gift for reaching new audiences through his theatre works, not least the hit musical West Side Story. Plus, a work which takes a painfully close snapshot of the young Bernstein’s family life.

The Children Fly (Peter Pan)
Jean Arthur (Peter)
Marcia Henderson (Wendy)
Charles Taylor (Michael)
Peg Hillias (Mrs Darling)
Boris Karloff (Mr Darling)

Wonderful Town (Overture)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Simon Rattle, conductor

A Quiet Place (Act 1 finale)
John Brandstetter, baritone (Junior)
Beverly Morgan, soprano (Dede)
Peter Kazaras, tenor (Francois)
Chester Ludgin, baritone (Sam)
Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

West Side Story (excerpts)
Carol Lawrence (Maria)
Reri Grist (Consuela)
Marilyn Cooper (Rosalia)
Carmen Gutierrez (Teresita)
Elizabeth Taylor (Francesca)
Grover Dale (Snowboy)
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"

201803One Hell Of A Splash20180823

Donald Macleod sizes up Bernstein's reputation as a musical thinker

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash”. That was one famous critic’s perceptive account of Bernstein in the New York Times. Today a look at Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker as he a treads a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch. Donald Macleod presents, with contributions from conductor Marin Alsop who was mentored by Bernstein in her early career.

Slava! A Political Overture
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mass (excerpts)
Jubliant Sukes, celebrant
Ahser Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children’s Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

I Hate Music!
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano

Kaddish (1st mvt)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Jamie Bernstein, speaker
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash ? That was one famous critic’s perceptive account of Bernstein in the New York Times. Today a look at Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker as he a treads a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch. Donald Macleod presents, with contributions from conductor Marin Alsop who was mentored by Bernstein in her early career.

Slava! A Political Overture
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mass (excerpts)
Jubliant Sukes, celebrant
Ahser Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children’s Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

I Hate Music!
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano

Kaddish (1st mvt)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Jamie Bernstein, speaker
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash ? That was onBattle Acts [radio 1 Comedy]

R1

Bernstein 100 [composer Of The Week]

One Hell Of A Splash

20180823

“One didn’t know from which springboard he’d dive, but one knew there would be a hell of a splash ? That was one famous critic’s perceptive account of Bernstein in the New York Times. Today a look at Bernstein’s reputation as a musical thinker as he a treads a delicate line between the innovative and the kitsch. Donald Macleod presents, with contributions from conductor Marin Alsop who was mentored by Bernstein in her early career.

Slava! A Political Overture
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mass (excerpts)
Jubliant Sukes, celebrant
Ahser Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children’s Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

I Hate Music!
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano

Kaddish (1st mvt)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Jamie Bernstein, speaker
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe

201804American Dreams20180824

A look at how Bernstein forged his position as a superstar ambassador for American music

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Leonard Bernstein blazed a trail for American conductors when he became the first native to take the reins of one of the country’s ‘big 5’ orchestras. To end this centenary week, Donald Macleod and Bernstein protegée Marin Alsop explore Bernstein’s journey from upstart son of a Jewish immigrant, to superstar ambassador for American music.

Samba (Divertimento)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Jarvi, conductor

Mr and Mrs Webb Say Goodnight (Arias and Barcarolles)
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Neil Percy and Simon Carrington, other voices
London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

On the Waterfront (Suite)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor

Songfest (excerpts)
Walter Plante, tenor
Patricia Spence, alto
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lucky to be Me (On the Town)
John Reardon, singer
On the Town Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

A look at how Bernstein forged his position as a superstar ambassador for AmeBattle Acts [radio 1 Comedy]

Comedy

Bernstein 100 [composer Of The Week]

American Dreams

20180824

Leonard Bernstein blazed a trail for American conductors when he became the first native to take the reins of one of the country’s ‘big 5’ orchestras. To end this centenary week, Donald Macleod and Bernstein protegée Marin Alsop explore Bernstein’s journey from upstart son of a Jewish immigrant, to superstar ambassador for American music.

Samba (Divertimento)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Jarvi, conductor

Mr and Mrs Webb Say Goodnight (Arias and Barcarolles)
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Neil Percy & Simon Carrington, other voices
London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

On the Waterfront (Suite)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor

Songfest (excerpts)
Walter Plante, tenor
Patricia Spence, alto
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lucky to be Me (On the Town)
John Reardon, singer
On the Town Orchestra

Producer: Michael Surcombe

"