Bernstein: The 3 Symphonies
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sir Antonio Pappano
In the Symphony No. 1 ‘Jeremiah’, Pappano is joined by the mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux who puts in a suitably theatrical performance.
Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 ‘The Age of Anxiety’ is a much under-rated work and here receives a terrific performance with Beatrice Rana taking the piano part.
For Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ the conductor and orchestra are joined by the soprano Nadine Serra and Dame Josephine Barstow who narrates the piece better than anyone else on disc and actually carries this work.
By way of a bonus we get the Prelude, Fugue & Riffs for Solo Clarinet and Jazz Ensemble which was inspired by Benny Goodman. The solo clarinet part is performed by Alessandro Carbonare and brings the offering to an action packed ending in which classical music and jazz improvisation come together in a way that only Bernstein could.
If you only purchase one recording of works by Bernstein as we reach the end of his centenary year then this should be it. This is, without question our CD of the Month!