Bernstein - Symphony No.3 ’Kaddish’ | Naxos - American Classics 8559742

Bernstein - Symphony No.3 ’Kaddish’

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559742

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th August 2015

Contents

Artists

Claire Bloom (narrator)
Kelley Nassief (soprano)
Paulo Mestre (countertenor)
Maryland State Boychoir
Washington Chorus
Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
Members of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Marin Alsop

Works

Bernstein, Leonard

Missa Brevis
Symphony no.3 'Kaddish'
The Lark (2012 concert version with narrator)

Artists

Claire Bloom (narrator)
Kelley Nassief (soprano)
Paulo Mestre (countertenor)
Maryland State Boychoir
Washington Chorus
Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
Members of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Marin Alsop

About

Three examples of Leonard Bernstein’s vocal art can be heard in this recording. His Symphony No.3 ‘Kaddish’ shuns traditional symphonic ideas in favour of an eclectic theatrical and oratorio-like form with a prominent rôle for speaker. For this recording Marin Alsop has returned to the work’s original narrative text, heard before the 1977 revision.

The Lark – heard in a concert version with added narration – derives from Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of L’Alouette on the life of Joan of Arc, and it was this music that Bernstein reworked into his Missa Brevis many years later.

Marin Alsop is a Bernstein protégé, and has written fondly and extensively about studying with him. He mentored her when he was conductor of the New York Philharmonic and few conductors today understand his music better. This disc presents Bernstein the vocal composer performed in largely original editions by one of his best contemporary interpreters. The speaker in Kaddish is the great actress Claire Bloom.

Contents:
- Missa Brevis
Paulo Mestre (countertenor)
Sao Paulo Symphony Choir, Members of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

- Symphony no.3 'Kaddish'
Claire Bloom (narrator), Kelley Nassief (soprano)
Maryland State Boychoir, Washington Chorus, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

- The Lark (2012 concert version with narrator)
Claire Bloom (narrator), Paulo Mestre (countertenor)
Sao Paulo Symphony Choir, Members of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

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