The Music Treasury for 9 June 2018 — Leonard Bernstein

This week, The Music Treasury presents the first in a series of shows exploring the life and work of Leonard Bernstein.  The show is aired between 19:00 and 21:00 PDT from its host station KZSU 90.1 in the Bay Area; it is also streamed simultaneously through the ‘Net, from kzsulive.stanford.edu.

More details of the show can be found below; as always, the host is none other than the inimitable Gary Lemco.

The Historic Leonard Bernstein

2018 marks the centennial of composer/pianist/conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), among the most versatile musical personalities this country has produced.  Because of his sheer range of accomplishment, he is virtually impossible to catalogue.  The Music Treasury intends several tributes, of which this is the first. We consider his very first piano recording, and then move on to 1946-1951, to present selected musical works that exemplify Bernstein’s diverse tastes, as eclectic as his personal, creative style.

Your host, Gary Lemco, spent a long day with Maestro Bernstein, 9 December 1977, discussing various musical topics, including what had been a proposed biography of Dimitri Mitropoulos, Bernstein’s predecessor at the helm of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Playlist:
Diamond: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C#
Copland: Preamble for a Solemn Occasion (U.N. Charter), with L. Olivier, narrator
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (w/W. Kapell)
Blitzstein: Airborne Symphony: Part 3: Ballad of Hurry-Up (w/M. Blitzstein)
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Resurrection”: Allegro maestoso
Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta

 

Leonard Bernstein
Photo by Susesch Bayat

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