Marc Blitzstein: Innocent Psalm, for the Bernstein Baby
Bernstein: Anniversary for Nina
Bernstein: Anniversary for Felicia on our 28th birthday & her 52nd
Bernstein: So Pretty - with Rhiannon Giddens
Daron Hagen: Anniversary in Memoriam
Bernstein: Anniversary for Lukas Foss
Lukas Foss: For Lenny, Variation on New York New York
Ricky Ian Gordon: What Shall We Remember?
Bernstein: A Simple Song - with Thomas Hampson
Shulamit Ran: Exuberance/for Lenny
Bernstein: Anniversary for Craig Urquhart
Craig Urquhart: Remembering Lenny
Theo Bleckmann: Goodbye Chorale/For Lenny
Ned Rorem: Youth, Day, Old Age and Night
Bernstein: Some Other Time
Lara Downes :
Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.
Taking her inspiration from Bernstein's boundary-breaking approach to music-making, Lara has invited a diverse group of guest artists: opera legend Thomas Hampson, roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, superstar beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola (a member of the chart-topping a cappella group Pentatonix), and Mexican/American clarinet prodigy Javier Morales-Martinez.
Describing FOR LENNY, Lara says: "Leonard Bernstein reminds me of what a musician can be. Of what music can do in this world – how it can reach and teach and make things happen. Just imagine what American music was before Lenny came along, everything he changed. I'm only here at all, I think, because of the rules he broke and the doors he knocked down. Imagine the thousands of other musicians who feel the same way."