Listen to Leonard Bernstein's "Music for String Quartet"
Posted August 25, 2023
The world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Music for String Quartet made an early arrival to Apple Music on Friday, August 25, two weeks ahead of its full release date on September 8.
The piece, composed by Bernstein in 1936 at age 18 while a student at Harvard University in Cambridge, was recorded by Lucia Lin, Natalie Rose Kress, Danny Kim, and Ronald Feldman, produced by PARMA Recordings, and released on the Grammy-winning Navona Records label.
The long lost work had been tucked away in a family music cabinet for decades until its existence was shared with former Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Librarian John Perkel, who has steadfastly shepherded the piece from its re-discovery to this historic release.
The full album, also featuring a seldom-recorded work by Bernstein’s longtime friend Aaron Copland, will release on all platforms in both stereo and Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio formats on Friday, September 8. Information on Bernstein and Copland, the album’s performers, and Perkel, including his in-depth recount of discovering the piece, are all available at Information on Bernstein and Copland, the album’s performers, and Perkel, including his in-depth recount of discovering the piece, are all available at navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6557.