Leonard Bernstein - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 202 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.559790 | Time: 00:59:30
Leonard Bernstein’s legendary 1943 Carnegie Hall conducting début brought his name to national attention, and the event was followed a few months later by the triumphant reception of his Symphony No. 1 ‘Jeremiah.’ This major symphonic statement explores a crisis in faith and employs Jewish liturgical sources, its final movement, Lamentation, being an anguished cry at the destruction of Jerusalem. Sharing the theme of loss of faith, Symphony No. 2 ‘The Age of Anxiety’ takes W.H. Auden’s poem of the same name and follows its four characters in their spiritual journey to hard-won triumph.