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Leonard Bernstein: Theatre Works

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Leonard Bernstein: Theatre Works Review

by Blair Sanderson

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 Leonard Bernstein 02:06 Amazon
2 Leonard Bernstein 04:00 Amazon
3 Leonard Bernstein 06:10 Amazon
4 Leonard Bernstein 02:05 Amazon
5 Leonard Bernstein 03:08 Amazon
6 Leonard Bernstein 03:00 Amazon
7 Leonard Bernstein 03:29 Amazon
8 Leonard Bernstein 00:38 Amazon
9 Leonard Bernstein 03:12 Amazon
10 Leonard Bernstein 02:34 Amazon
11 Leonard Bernstein 03:02 Amazon
12 Leonard Bernstein 03:02 Amazon
13 Leonard Bernstein 04:33 Amazon
14 Leonard Bernstein 01:01 Amazon
15 Leonard Bernstein 00:54 Amazon
16 Leonard Bernstein 03:54 Amazon
17 Leonard Bernstein 03:15 Amazon
18 Leonard Bernstein 02:43 Amazon
19 Leonard Bernstein 03:54 Amazon
20 Leonard Bernstein 01:32 Amazon
21 Leonard Bernstein 03:07 Amazon
22 Leonard Bernstein 04:29 Amazon
23 Leonard Bernstein 02:58 Amazon
24 Leonard Bernstein 02:55 Amazon
25 Leonard Bernstein 02:31 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Candide
1 Leonard Bernstein 04:29 Amazon
2 Leonard Bernstein 01:00 Amazon
3 Leonard Bernstein 02:58 Amazon
4 Leonard Bernstein 02:41 Amazon
5 Leonard Bernstein 00:54 Amazon
6 Leonard Bernstein 02:03 Amazon
7 Leonard Bernstein 02:14 Amazon
8 Leonard Bernstein 00:53 Amazon
9 Leonard Bernstein 00:55 Amazon
10 Leonard Bernstein 06:20 Amazon
11 Leonard Bernstein 04:19 Amazon
12 Leonard Bernstein 07:54 Amazon
13 Leonard Bernstein 03:10 Amazon
14 Leonard Bernstein 03:17 Amazon
15 Leonard Bernstein 06:48 Amazon
16 Leonard Bernstein 03:00 Amazon
17 Leonard Bernstein 04:12 Amazon
18 Leonard Bernstein 03:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
West Side Story
1 Leonard Bernstein 04:07 Amazon
2 Leonard Bernstein 03:12 Amazon
3 Leonard Bernstein 02:34 Amazon
4 Leonard Bernstein 01:45 Amazon
5 Leonard Bernstein 00:27 Amazon
6 Leonard Bernstein 02:22 Amazon
7 Leonard Bernstein 00:53 Amazon
8 Leonard Bernstein 01:26 Amazon
9 Leonard Bernstein 00:50 Amazon
10 Leonard Bernstein 02:57 Amazon
11 Leonard Bernstein 07:33 Amazon
12 Leonard Bernstein 04:48 Amazon
13 Leonard Bernstein 04:39 Amazon
14 Leonard Bernstein 05:39 Amazon
15 Leonard Bernstein 03:42 Amazon
16 Leonard Bernstein 03:02 Amazon
17 Leonard Bernstein 03:24 Amazon
18 Leonard Bernstein 01:05 Amazon
19 Leonard Bernstein 00:37 Amazon
20 Leonard Bernstein 01:31 Amazon
21 Leonard Bernstein 02:37 Amazon
22 Leonard Bernstein 03:13 Amazon
23 Leonard Bernstein 04:19 Amazon
24 Leonard Bernstein 02:05 Amazon
25 Leonard Bernstein 03:29 Amazon
26 Leonard Bernstein 01:25 Amazon
27 Leonard Bernstein 02:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Quiet Place
1 Leonard Bernstein 05:43 Amazon
2 Leonard Bernstein 02:13 Amazon
3 Leonard Bernstein 04:49 Amazon
4 Leonard Bernstein 06:58 Amazon
5 Leonard Bernstein 01:58 Amazon
6 Leonard Bernstein 04:02 Amazon
7 Leonard Bernstein 05:00 Amazon
8 Leonard Bernstein 08:18 Amazon
9 Leonard Bernstein 05:50 Amazon
10 Leonard Bernstein 03:57 Amazon
11 Leonard Bernstein 03:50 Amazon
12 Leonard Bernstein 05:34 Amazon
13 Leonard Bernstein 07:31 Amazon
14 Leonard Bernstein 08:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
White House Cantata
1 Leonard Bernstein 03:57 Amazon
2 Leonard Bernstein 05:36 Amazon
3 Leonard Bernstein 02:23 Amazon
4 Leonard Bernstein 01:01 Amazon
5 Leonard Bernstein 04:27 Amazon
6 Leonard Bernstein 03:43 Amazon
7 Leonard Bernstein 02:47 Amazon
8 Leonard Bernstein 08:48 Amazon
9 Leonard Bernstein 03:58 Amazon
10 Leonard Bernstein 09:47 Amazon
11 Leonard Bernstein 06:31 Amazon
12 Leonard Bernstein 03:39 Amazon
13 Leonard Bernstein 04:22 Amazon
14 Leonard Bernstein 09:00 Amazon
15 Leonard Bernstein 01:08 Amazon
16 Leonard Bernstein 00:34 Amazon
17 Leonard Bernstein 01:35 Amazon
18 Leonard Bernstein 06:35 Amazon
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