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Romance (2CD)

Leonard Bernstein Romance (2CD)


Romance (2CD)

by Leonard Bernstein
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Bernstein to relax and dream: the double album „Romance“ portrays the conductor, composer and pianist from his most romantic side in celebration of his centenary on August 25th.


Leonard Bernstein is still unforgotten today, still on his centenary in 2018, for his outstanding interpretations of great symphonic works by Mahler, Brahms or Beethoven, and his unique sense for emotional melodies in his own arrangements and compositions. Nobody can resist the charm of the love ballad “Maria” or the optimistically inspired song “Somewhere” from the “West Side Story”. On this album some excerpts of Bernstein’s great recordings are carefully selected, which include legendary musical companions: from Edvard Grieg's "Morgenstimmung" (Peer Gynt Suite) with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber to the nostalgic second movement "Largo ma non tanto" from the Violin Double Concerto BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach with star violinists Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin. And of course with Bernstein’s own music, “Maria” from the “West Side Story” or Offenbach’s famous “Barcarolle”. "Romance" is the ideal album to get to know one of the most famous classical artists of all time with romantic, relaxing classical music in high-quality recordings.

The recordings are taken from the great Columbia Records catalogue. Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, working with outstanding soloists such as pianist Rudolf Serkin and violinists Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin. In the piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, he plays the dual role of the pianist and the conductor.


1. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - I. Morning Mood

2. Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel - Children's Prayer

3. Offenbach, Rosenthal: Gaîté Parisienne - Barcarolle

4. Bernstein, Sondheim: West Side Story - Act I: Maria

5. Copland: Rodeo - II. Corral Nocturne. Moderato

6. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61 - II. Larghetto

7. Gounod: Faust: Ballet Music - II. Adagio - Animato

8. Barber: Adagio for Strings - Molto Adagio

9. J. S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 - II. Largo ma non tanto

10. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23 - II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I

11. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation XVIII. Andante cantabile

12. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.48 - III. Élégie. Larghetto elegiaco


1. Mozart: Serenade for strings in G major "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", K.525 - II. Romance. Andante

2. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, RV 297 "L'inverno" ("Winter") - II. Largo

3. Bernstein, Sondheim: West Side Story - Act I: Somewhere

4. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, K.450 - II. Andante

5. Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No.1, Op.11 - II. Andante Cantabile

6. Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Op.47 - II. Adagio di molto

7. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Op.73 "Emperor" - II. Adagio un poco moto

8. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - II. Death of Åse

9. Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2 - III. Nocturne: Act III, Aria of Michela

10. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.15 - II. Largo

West Side Story - The Original Sound Track Recording (CD)
Prologue (Orchestra)
Jet Song
Something's Coming (Tony)
Dance At The Gym
Tonight (Tony and Maria)
Gee, Officer Krupke
I Feel Pretty
One Hand, One Heart (Tony and Maria)
The Rumble
Cool (Tucker Smith, Jets)
A Boy Like That/I Have A Love