Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story Vinyl Album

Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story Vinyl Album
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Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story Four Disc Vinyl Album

No one would argue against the proposition that West Side Story is one of the great Broadway musicals. But is it opera? And, speaking for the popular side of the tracks, can operatic voices render Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's glorious songs without rending them? Whatever you call it, West Side Story (like Porgy and Bess and a few others) is substantial enough for any opera house. Which is one point made by this recording of the score, the first ever conducted by the composer. The pickup orchestra plays with great vivacity and range for Bernstein. More than ever you marvel at the power and sophistication of such instrumental compositions as The Rumble and Procession and Nightmare. The supporting players—the Jets, the Sharks and Maria's girlfriends—get the vernacular just right. You couldn't ask for a funnier Gee, Officer Krupke, a cattier America or a more swaggering Jet Song. Kurt Ollmann as Riff and Tatiana Troyanos as Anita project their characters convincingly. At the core is José Carreras as Tony and Kiri Te Kanawa as Maria. (Marilyn Home, an earlier Maria, is still on the record for one song, a very sweet and sincere Somewhere) Carreras and Te Kanawa both have thrilling voices and they produce thrilling moments. These usually occur in the higher pitched phrases, such as the climaxes of the their Tonight duet or in Something's Coming, when Carreras sings, "Around the corner/ Or whistling down the river...."

This is a two-LP set. The album comes with a 26 page booklet on the story, making of, bios, and complete lyrics in English, German, and French! The vinyls and cover and booklet are in mint condition.

Songs on Album:

Side One
A - Prologue
B - Jet Song
C - Something's Coming
D - The Dance At The Gym
Side Two
E - Maria
F - Balcony Scene
G - America
Side Three
H - Cool
I - One Hand, One Heart
J - Tonight
K - The Rumble
Side Four
L - I Feel Pretty
M - Ballet Sequence
N - Gee, Officer Krupke
O - A Boy Like That - I Have A Love
P- Taunting Scene
Q - Finale

 

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