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December 14, 2006 A varied history of American choral music from colonial anthems to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Interviews & Profiles

The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

September 29, 2012 Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.

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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

September 29, 2012 Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.

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Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.

January 14, 2012 Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, circa 1886. The 200th anniversary of his birth falls on Oct. 22.

October 20, 2011 Hear the acclaimed pianist discuss and spin his favorite Liszt recordings.

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Gustav Mahler, composer

July 3, 2010 Conductor Marin Alsop's latest adventure muses on a meeting between Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud

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December 29, 2009 Mahler answered the metaphysical challenge of Beethoven's Ninth with the "Resurrection" Symphony.

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Carol Lawrence (right) sings "I Feel Pretty," along with (left to right) Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Gutierrez and Marilyn Cooper, in the 1957 original Broadway cast recording of West Side Story.

September 1, 2009 The original Broadway cast recording still sounds fresh more than 50 years after the show opened.

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Leonard Bernstein Conducts 1960

June 30, 2009 Leonard Bernstein performs American music with mid-century flair in this 1959 recording.

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June 2, 2009 After 60 years, Stanley Drucker gives his final performances with the orchestra.

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January 7, 2009 The groundbreaking musical's behind-the-scenes tension brought out the drama on stage.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

January 5, 2009 Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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Arron Copland

December 27, 2008 Conductor Marin Alsop explores the bold and bucolic sides of Aaron Copland's early music.

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Leonard Bersnstein

September 27, 2008 Conductor Marin Alsop uncovers the personal philosophy within Bernstein's most controversial work.

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May 12, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony tell the tale of Scheherazade.

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September 25, 2006 Leon Botstein, Laurel Fay and Valery Gergiev discuss the enigmatic final movement of Symphony No. 5

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September 23, 2006 Marin Alsop reflects on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, who was born 100 years ago Monday.

Discover Songs

Which composer would you choose to have dinner with?

November 5, 2010 This week, we asked the question: which long-gone composer would make the perfect dinner guest.

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November 24, 2008 Five tasty tunes to enjoy while preparing the feast for family and friends on Thanksgiving.

News

Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel

January 10, 2011 The L.A. Philharmonic's uneven debut cinecast proved that the orchestra is still the star.

September 26, 2007 A show by Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein turned out okay.

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Reviews

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January 9, 2006 A disc devoted to Leonard Bernstein is among four recent releases from conductor Marin Alsop.

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More Stories

Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, shown here conducting the New York Philharmonic orchestra in 1963, was a legend in American music. Letters to and from Bernstein have been compiled into The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a new book edited by Nigel Simeone.

October 27, 2013 A new book compiles letters to and from the legendary composer and conductor.

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Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.

September 21, 2013 For conductor Marin Alsop, Bernstein's Age of Anxiety is a musical quest into life's big questions.

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August 8, 2013 For the waning weeks of summer, a survey of books about obsessive fandom and lives in music.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

September 27, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Amy Beach, with her 1896 "Gaelic" Symphony, was among America's early symphonic composers.

July 15, 2013 Historian Joseph Horowitz guides a tour through the American symphony in its formative years.

Leonard Bernstein leads the London Symphony Orchestra. He called Stravinsky's famously savage Rite of Spring "extremely tuneful and dancy, rhythmically seductive, beguiling."

May 25, 2013 Watch the conductor take flight leading the London Symphony in Stravinsky's iconic score.

In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.

March 7, 2013 In Hector Berlioz's creepy symphonic fantasy, brass snarl and winds shriek like feral beasts.

Seiji Ozawa and Arthur Fielder, aboard a train during Tanglewood on Parade, 1975.

July 2, 2012 A treasure trove of archival photos from the beloved Berkshires festival.

Perfect pairings: wine, food and music.

November 22, 2011 Suggestions from one of Chicago's top sommeliers — a former professional percussionist.

Carnegie Hall in 1891, the year it opened with a concert featuring Tchaikovsky conducting.

October 5, 2011 To celebrate: five remarkable clips filmed at the world's most famous classical venue.

This little girl in Washington, DC survived the August 23, 2011 earthquake just fine.

August 24, 2011 A lighthearted look at some musical rumblings.

This lad looks less than enthused about classical music. (Actually, it's a very young Nigel Kennedy, captured by a cameraman in 1964.)

May 16, 2011 How do you get kids enthralled about the music you adore? (Should you even try?)

Marin Alsop In Motion

December 8, 2010 The canny conductor almost single-handedly revived excitement for Bernstein's misunderstood, Mass.

Bernstein

October 12, 2010 The conductor gained life lessons from Leonard Bernstein and math from a devoted algebra teacher.

Baritone Thomas Hampson

July 6, 2010 To mark the composer's 150th birthday, baritone Thomas Hampson reflects on Mahler's vocal music.

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June 10, 2008 Visit the sights and sounds of America through the music of some of its greatest composers.

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September 18, 2006 Leonard Bernstein and Glenn Gould play Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic.

May 12, 2006 The group plays Flight of the Bumblebee and a five-piano arrangement of the West Side Story Suite.

West Side Story's composer Leonard Bernstein.

August 14, 2000 The show was a sensation, a new kind of musical theater that dealt with ideas of race and violence.

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Bernstein: Jeremiah Symphony; The Age of Anxiety; I Hate Music!; La bonne Cuisine

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  • Album: Bernstein: Jeremiah Symphony; The Age of Anxiety; I Hate Music!; La bonne Cuisine
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Released: 1999
 

Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances

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  • Album: Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances
  • Artist: Marin Alsop
  • Released: 2005
 

Bernstein: Serenade, Facsimile, Divertimento

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  • Album: Bernstein: Serenade, Facsimile, Divertimento
  • Artist: Marin Alsop
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Weill: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Lady in the Dark Symphonic Nocturne

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  • Album: Weill: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Lady in the Dark Symphonic Nocturne
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Bernstein Conducts The Rite of Spring

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  • Director: Leonard Bernstein
 

Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: Kaddish & Chichester Psalms

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Also Sprach Zarathustra/Don Juan/Till Eulenspiegel

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  • Album: Also Sprach Zarathustra/Don Juan/Till Eulenspiegel
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Copland: Appalachian Spring/Fanfare For The Common Man/El Salón México/Danzón Cubano

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring/Fanfare For The Common Man/El Salón México/Danzón Cubano
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
  • Label: CBS Records
 

Leontyne Price Sings Barber

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  • Released: 1994
 

Ravel: Orchestral Works

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  • Album: Ravel: Orchestral Works
  • Artist: Claudio Abbado
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1986
 

Respighi: Feste romane; Pini di Roma

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  • Album: Respighi: Feste romane; Pini di Roma
  • Artist: Lorin Maazel
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2000
 

Bartók at the Piano-1

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  • Released: 1998
 

Liszt: Piano Recital

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Liszt: Wild and Crazy

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  • Released: 2011
 

Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt

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  • Released: 1997
 

Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti

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  • Album: Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti
  • Artist: Yuja Wang
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  • Released: 2009
 

Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

William Kapell Edition (Box Set)

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  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Released: 1998
 

Icon: Dinu Lipatti [Box Set]

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  • Artist: Dinu Lipatti
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Released: 2008
 

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2

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  • Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 2
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1986
 

West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast]

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  • Released: 1957
 

Bernstein Century: Gershwin

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  • Album: Bernstein Century: Gershwin
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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  • Released: 1997
 

New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts, 1923 to 1987 [Box Set]

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  • Released: 1997
 

Leonard Bernstein conducts Debussy & Ravel

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Copland: Appalachian Spring; Gould: Fall River Legend

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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Rosenkavalier Suite; Don Juan

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  • Album: R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Rosenkavalier Suite; Don Juan
  • Artist: Lorin Maazel
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  • Released: 1999
 

Copland: Dance Symphony; Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony

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  • Album: Copland: Dance Symphony; Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony
  • Artist: Marin Alsop
  • Label: Naxos
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Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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  • Released: 1997
 

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Barber: Adagio; Copland; Appalachian Spring

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  • Album: Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Barber: Adagio; Copland; Appalachian Spring
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

Harvest Home: Music for All Seasons

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Awakening / Joseph Curiale

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Early American Choral Music, Vol. 1

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  • Artist: Paul Hillier
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  • Released: 2001
 

Mass

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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  • Released: 1997
 

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9

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  • Artist: Valery Gergiev
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  • Released: 2004
 

No Boundaries

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Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade'

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

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