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Leonard Bernstein

November 14, 2008

A Memorable Debut

The phone rang early on a Sunday morning. The conductor of the New York Philharmonic was sick, and the assistant conductor was asked to step in. Never mind that the assistant had a bad hangover, and there was no time to rehearse the orchestra. It was 65 years ago today that the young Leonard Bernstein's career was launched.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Leonard Bernstein
    "Times Square: 1944" from "On the Town"
    The New York Philharmonic with conductor Leonard Bernstein
  • Santiago de Murcia
    "Bagpipes"
    Apollo's Fire with harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 30
    Pianist Lazar Berman with the New York Philharmonic and conductor Leonard Bernstein
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Josef Haydn
    Finale from Symphony No. 101 ("The Clock")
    The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Herbert von Karajan
  • Robert Johnson
    "The Witches' Dance" and "The Fairies' Dance"
    Lutenist Nigel North
    Sundin Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Claude Debussy
    "The Fairies are Exquisite Dancers"
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Trevor Pinnock
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  • Josef Haydn
    String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 1
    The Ysaye Quartet
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
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