Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein: Theatre Works

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Deutsche Grammophon's trimline box set, Leonard Bernstein: Theatre Works, is a seven-CD package of his musicals, On the Town, Candide, and West Side Story, along with the full opera, A Quiet Place, which includes the one-act Trouble in Tahiti, and A White House Cantata, a concert version of the show, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These recordings were previously released as separate albums, and they received considerable attention for the inclusion of operatic voices, especially for the casting of Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, and Marilyn Horne in West Side Story. Three of the performances, Candide, West Side Story, and A Quiet Place, were conducted by Bernstein, while Michael Tilson Thomas and Kent Nagano, both long associated with Bernstein's music, conducted On the Town and A White House Cantata, respectively. Over the decades, Bernstein wrestled with the multiple versions of his shows, most of all through various productions of Candide, but changes were inevitable in the other works as well, so there will be some disagreement among fans about which recording is the most complete or satisfying. But in the end, this set may be taken as Bernstein's last word on them, at least as recordings, and the eclecticism and lyricism that were his special gifts shine through in these polished renditions.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
On the Town
1 2:06
2 4:00
3 6:11
4 2:06
5 3:09
6 3:01
7 3:30
8 0:39
9 3:13
10 2:35
11 3:03
12 3:03
13 4:32
14 1:01
15 0:54
16 3:54
17 3:16
18 2:44
19 3:54
20 1:32
21 3:08
22 4:29
23 2:58
24 2:45
25 2:31

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
West Side Story
1 4:07
2 3:12
3 2:35
4 1:46
5 0:27
6 2:22
7 0:53
8 1:26
9 0:50
10 2:57
11 7:33
12 4:49
13 4:40
14 5:40
15 3:43
16 3:03
17 3:25
18 1:05
19 0:37
20 1:31
21 2:37
22 3:14
23 4:20
24 2:06
25 3:29
26 1:25
27 2:36
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