Works Voice(s) & Orchestra Arias and Barcarolles (1988)
After Bernstein's performance at the White House in 1960, President Eisenhower remarked, "You know, I liked that last piece you played: it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles." This eight-part song cycle for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano four hands or two chamber orchestra versions was composed in 1988. The varied songs, most with lyrics by Bernstein himself, reflect many compositional styles that make this cycle charming and entertaining.
Throughout the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, Arias & Barcarolles received 40 performances by 26 ensembles in 7 countries and 17 US States.
*Words and music by Leonard Bernstein. ©1989
Frederica Von Stade, mezzo-soprano. Thomas Hampson, baritone
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestration: Bruce Coughlin. First performance with this orchestration, London, September 1993.
©1996 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg. 439 926-2