LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990): Suite from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (arr. Charlie Harmon [b.1951]), CBS Music* (orch. Sid Ramin [b.1919], Jack Gottlieb [1930-2011], Garth Edwin Sunderland [b.1974]), Slava! A Political Overture, Times Square Ballet from On the Town, Mambo from West Side Story, “A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet”: 8 Variations on New York, New York from On the Town* by Luciano Berio [1928-2003], John Corigliano [b.1938], Jacob Druckman [1928-1996], Lukas Foss [1922-2009], Leon Kirchner [1919-2009], William Schuman [1910-1992], Toru Takemitsu [1930-1996] and John Williams [b.1932]. * - World Premiere Recordings.

Catalogue Number: 11U010

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.559813

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: First recordings of 21 minutes of music commissioned for Lenny’s 70th birthday from composers who had a personal or professsional connection with him. Some of the music had an extended life (Kirchner expanded his into Music for Orchestra II) but this is the first recording of the whole set of eight variations as heard at the shed in Tanglewwod 39 years ago. CBS Music is a seven-minute suite of five pieces written for the final episode of the network’s 50th anniversary series of televised specials broadcast in 1978. The 17-minute suite of music from the huge failure that was 1600 Pennsylvaia Avenue, a show written for the U.S. bicentennial, will be new to most collectors who are not dyed-in-the-wool Lenny fans. São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop.

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