Leonard Bernstein has been lionized for his abilities as concert pianist, conductor, composer, author, and teacher. It was his extraordinary versatility that enabled West Side Story to elevate musical theatre to new heights. The ability to combine serious ballet music and clasically constructed fugues with memorable popular melodies, jazzy, finger-snapping tunes, heart wrenching love songs, and vaudevillian humour could only have come from one man, the true Renaissance musician of the 20th century. This recording of Bernstein's theatrical masterpiece is adapted from the original version, prior to its film and Broadway renditions.
|Composed by:||Leonard Bernstein|