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Bernstein: Wonderful Town [digital download] – LSO Live

Bernstein: Wonderful Town [download]

  • Release date: 7 September 2018
    LSO0813-D | 0822231181361

    24 bit 96kHz FLAC | 320kbps MP3
    Booklet notes in English, French and German
    Total playing time: 68m

    Producer: Andrew Cornall
    Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded live in DSD 128FS at the Barbican Hall, London, 16-21 December 2018

  • ***** ‘Already the second strongest contribution to this year of Bernstein.’
    Kultur Radio

    ‘The performance has exactly the right infusion of theatrical vividness.’
    Classical CD Choice

    Concert reviews

    ***** ‘Infectious.’
    Financial Times

    ***** ‘The saxophone-enriched orchestra and London Symphony Chorus were on terrific form.’
    The Times

    **** ‘An unqualified, uncomplicated delight.
    The Guardian

    **** ‘Umphress and de Niese were both impressive in the lead roles.’
    The Arts Desk


Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra


Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra pay homage to Leonard Bernstein with a recording of Wonderful Town that captures the energy and excitement of sold-out performances from December 2017. Featuring an all-star cast led by Danielle de Niese and Alysha Umphress, this release coincides with worldwide #BernsteinAt100 celebrations marking the centenary of the Orchestra’s former President. 

Bernstein’s five-time Tony award-winning musical follows sisters Ruth and Eileen on their quest to make it big, pursuing careers in writing and acting from their cramped basement apartment in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Fresh from rural Ohio, the sisters end up getting more than they bargained for, realising that life in the Big Apple is not as glamourous as it may seem. 

A bright and cheery love letter to the city that never sleeps and the colourful characters inhabiting it, Wonderful Town draws on Fields and Chodorov’s 1940 play My Sister Eileen, which itself is based on a series of autobiographical short storied by the ‘real-life’ Ruth McKenney. 

Bernstein’s infectious score includes classic numbers such as ‘Ohio’, ‘One Hundred Easy Ways’, and ‘A Little Bit in Love’, as well as a riotous conga that had delighted audiences dancing in the aisles of the Barbican hall.

Composer   Leonard Bernstein
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle
Soloists   Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, Nathan Gunn, Duncan Rock
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus

Track list

1-11: Wonderful Town, Act I:
No 2, Christopher Street
No 3, Ohio
No 4, Conquering New York
No 5, One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man
No 6, What a Waste
No 7, A Little Bit in Love
No 8, Pass the Football
No 9, Conversation Piece
No 10, A Quiet Girl
No 11, Conga!

12-20: Wonderful Town, Act 2:
No 12, Entr’acte
No 13, My Darlin’ Eileen
No 14, Swing!
No 15, Quiet Incidental
No 16, Ohio Reprise
No 17, It’s Love
No 18, Ballet at the Village Vortex
No 19, Wrong Note Rag
No 20, Finale. It’s Love Reprise

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