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Bernstein: On The Waterfront - Lindberg

Bernstein: On The Waterfront - Lindberg

BIS  BIS-2278

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Bernstein: Overture to Candide, Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story', Three Dance Variations from 'Fancy Free', On the Waterfront, Three Dance Episodes from 'On the Town'

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Lindberg (conductor)


1944 saw the premiere of the ballet Fancy Free, 25-year old Leonard Bernstein’s first major composition as well as the first in a string of scores for the stage and film. In order to celebrate the centennial of Bernstein’s birth in 1918, Christian Lindberg has gathered music from five different productions spanning a period of 13 years – from Fancy Freeto the iconic musical West Side Story, premiered in 1957. The disc is bookended by the sparkling and witty Overture to Candide and Three Dance Episodes from the musical On the Town.

Also included is the substantial Symphonic Suite from ‘On the Waterfront’, developed by Bernstein from the score he wrote for Elia Kazan’s classic film. The drama of this tale of love and betrayal set amid the docks of Hoboken in New Jersey is brought out by Bernstein’s music, which seethes with dramatic tension. Making its first appearance on BIS in these flamboyant and life-enhancing scores, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra clearly relishes the opportunity to let its collective hair down. The players are egged on by Lindberg, known for his ability to energize both orchestras and audiences.

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Recorded in August 2016 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England
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Comment by john hunter - July 1, 2018 (1 of 3)

Great disc.
Superb playing by the band and edge of your seat conducting. Add a detailed but organic soundstage and it's great listen!

Comment by breydon_music - July 3, 2018 (2 of 3)

Yes, I absolutely agree. Lindberg's Candide overture for me, though excellent, doesn't entirely live up to Previn's marvellous LSO account from the '70's, but otherwise this is wonderful stuff with a marvellous lightness of touch. Lindberg is one of BIS's quiet stars and I am looking forward to his Stenhammer symphony disc coming (to the UK anyway) in a month or two. The RLPO sound knockout - a far better sound picture than EMI's for the Petrenko Rachmaninov set.

Comment by hiredfox - July 5, 2018 (3 of 3)

Playing is full of life and vigour but the recording a bit airless and uninspiring in stereo.