Podcast: Bernstein in Rome

Gramophone Wed 8th August 2018

Antonio Pappano, Beatrice Rana, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Craig Urquhart on recording Leonard Bernstein's three symphonies

Sir Antonio Pappano has recorded Leonard Bernstein's three symphonies - Jeremiah (No 1), The Age of Anxiety (No 2) and Kaddish (No 3) – with his Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the ensemble of which Leonard Bernstein was Honorary President. Recorded live this spring at orchestra's home in the Parco della Musica, the symphonies set is released by Warner Classics on Friday, August 10, the day that orchestra and conductor are at the BBC Proms performing the Jeremiah.

James Jolly went to Rome to report on the sessions and talk to conductor, soloists Beatrice Rana and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Bernstein's Personal Assistant Craig Urquhart, about these three scores that are fast becoming repertoire works. The set is Gramophone's Recording of the Month in its September issue, also published on August 10.

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