Bernstein’s most accessible and best-loved melodies from West Side Story, Candide & On The Town

Bernstein was both a brilliant orchestrator and a gifted tunesmith, and his lyrics, often penned by Stephen Sondheim, are memorable, razor sharp and brilliantly apposite. West Side Story, Candide and On The Town have taken their rightful places at the top of Bernstein's creative canon; Now, as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s celebrations of his centenary, the best-loved numbers from these Broadway shows are brought together in one indispensable collection.

DG’s recording of West Side Story, made in New York, in September 1984, represents Bernstein’s final vision for his great American musical.  This wasn't a typical 'cast recording': everybody was recruited especially for the job and moulded, literally overnight, into a musical team; and for Bernstein, who had never conducted the work before, it was an opportunity to explore the work as he had envisioned it.

Michael Tilson Thomas’ recording of On The Town features an inspired cast and a more perfect pairing of soloists have seldom graced a Broadway show.

The performances from Candide are drawn from Bernstein’s last-ever studio sessions and represent the composer’s final thoughts on his great opera. Moreover, DG’s version of it is seen as the definitive statement of one of his greatest and most accessible compositions, created just eleven months before his untimely passing.

Available now the most popular numbers from Leonard Bernstein's broadway shows.

Bernstein – Complete Recordings on DG and Decca

Deutsche Grammophon is marking the Leonard Bernstein centenary (born 25 August 1918) in suitably monumental style. Bernstein – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca contains all Bernstein’s recordings as a conductor for DG and Decca, together with his complete DG/Unitel DVD catalogue. This landmark set proudly celebrates the compositional heritage bequeathed the world by one of the 20th century’s most important musical figures, and includes his music for ballet, opera and musicals, his incidental music, scores for film, orchestra and chamber ensembles, vocal scores and piano music.  Comprising 121 CDs, 36 DVDs and a Blu-ray Audio disc, it features such legendary recordings as Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (1981), Bizet’s Carmen (1972), works by Stravinsky and Shostakovich and, of course, the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler. Available now.

See full information about all our Bernstein centenary releases in our Bernstein 100 special webpage