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Track Listing:

1
Bernstein: Something's Coming - with Kevin
 
2
John Corigliano: Anniversary for Lenny
 
3
Stephen Schwartz: Anniversaire for Lenny
 
4
Eleonor Sandresky: Romance for Lenny
 
5
Michael Abels: Iconoclasm/for Lenny
 
6
Bernstein: Big Stuff
 
7
Bernstein: Anniversary for Johnny Mehegan
 
8
Bernstein: Anniversary for Aaron Copland
 
9
Bernstein: Anniversary for Stephen Sondheim
 
10
Stephen Sondheim: I Remember
 
11
Bernstein: Cool - with Javier Morales-Martinez
 
12
Bernstein: The Story of My Life
 
13
Bernstein: Greeting (from Arias and Barcarolles)
 
14
Marc Blitzstein: Innocent Psalm, for the Bernstein Baby
 
15
Bernstein: Anniversary for Nina
 
16
Bernstein: Anniversary for Felicia on our 28th birthday & her 52nd
 
17
Bernstein: So Pretty - with Rhiannon Giddens
 
18
Daron Hagen: Anniversary in Memoriam
 
19
Bernstein: Anniversary for Lukas Foss
 
20
Lukas Foss: For Lenny, Variation on New York New York
 
21
Ricky Ian Gordon: What Shall We Remember?
 
22
Bernstein: A Simple Song - with Thomas Hampson
 
23
Shulamit Ran: Exuberance/for Lenny
 
24
Bernstein: Anniversary for Craig Urquhart
 
25
Craig Urquhart: Remembering Lenny
 
26
Theo Bleckmann: Goodbye Chorale/For Lenny
 
27
Ned Rorem: Youth, Day, Old Age and Night
 
28
Bernstein: Some Other Time
 

Lara Downes :

for lenny


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."

Composer(s): Abels, Michael; Anonymous; Bernstein, Leonard; Bleckmann, Theo; Blitzstein, Marc; Comden, Betty; Corigliano Jr., John; Distler, Jed; Downes, Lara; Foss, Lukas; Gordon, Ricky Ian; Green, Adolph; Hagen, Daron Aric; Mass Text; Ran, Shulamit; Rorem, Ned; Russell, Luke; Sandresky, Eleonor; Schwartz, Stephen; Sondheim, Stephen; Treiman, Ethan; Urquhart, Craig

Artist(s): Lara Downes, Rhiannon Giddens, Kevin Olusola, Javier Morales-Martinez, Thomas Hampson

Label: LARA DOWNES WORLDWIDE - SONY (SMEWW)