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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (1918-90)

Composer

American conductor and composer who straddled the divide between serious classical music and 'show bizz'.

A huge energy kept him not only to the fore as the first American-born conductor of stature and international acclaim but as a composer both for Broadway and the concert hall. West Side Story and Candide are his most successful and best-known musicals.

Alongside three symphonies are The Chichester Psalms, a cantata for chorus and orchestra.

Further Reading: Bernstein

 Recording of the Week, Simon Rattle and the LSO dazzle in Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town

Bernstein's 1953 musical receives a sparkling performance from the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, with a cast led by Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, and Nathan Gunn.

 Video Interview, Sir Simon Rattle on Wonderful Town

Watch our exclusive video-interview with the London Symphony Orchestra's Music Director about their live recording of Bernstein's raucous paean to The City That Never Sleeps, out now on the orchestra's own label.

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