Bernstein100 - Celebrating the Leonard Bernstein Centenary

Leonard Bernstein - The Complete Works

Leonard Bernstein unquestionably was one of the most astonishing and dazzling personalities in the world of classical music. He bestrode the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century like few others: Composer, conductor, pianist, educator; but it as a great communicator – of music and through music – that every facet of his life and legacy is bound together. He was a Renaissance man, a multifaceted genius, but it was his career as a composer that meant the very most to him. At the heart of DG’s Bernstein 100 project is Bernstein: Complete Works – The first complete edition of recordings of Bernstein’s published works, making available less familiar pieces such as his chamber music or his song cycles alongside West Side Story and the Chichester Psalms. It also includes a number of new recordings made expressly for this edition.

Bernstein: The Complete Works celebrates him as a singular compositional voice of the 20th century, whose notes laid a path for composers in the 21st century. Was he a symphonic composer? A Broadway composer? A composer of operas? Film scores? Ballets? Chamber? Bernstein’s determination to write “his” music inspired new generations of composers to break free of academic constraints, inspiring them to compose using all the styles and genres that comprise our musical language. While Bernstein conducts many of the recordings in this set, he would be overjoyed to discover all the new recordings of his works by artists of later generations. With every passing year, his legacy grows stronger.

Leonard Bernstein - Chamber Music: Music for Brass and Wind Ensembles / Complete Solo Works for Piano

Bringing us closer to assembling a “Complete Works” playlist on digital platforms mirroring the physical boxed set come two new e-Albums presenting brand new recordings made specially for this edition, presenting chamber music for brass and wind ensembles; and Katie Mahan’s survey of Bernstein’s complete works for solo piano. 

Leonard Bernstein - The 1953 American Decca Recordings

We’ve been revisiting Lenny’s recordings for American Decca since the upscaled Original Masters 5-CD set arrived in our London offices.  Appended to each album are the Bernstein’s first recorded analysis of mainstream classics: his erudite ‘at the piano’ analyses of the works offer indispensable insights into the music, and a chance to understand the genius of Bernstein himself.

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