Arias And Barcarolles (Overture Scandal/ Elegy) (Naxos: 8.559709) (Jane Bunnell/ Dale Duesing/ Seattle Symphony/ Gerard Schwarz) (Naxos: 8.559709)
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This triumvirate of composers represents an essentially lyrical impulse in American music. Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles was completed in 1988 but had existed in some form since 1955. The cycle of songs about love and marriage was written for voice and piano (four-hands) but orchestrated, under Bernstein's supervision, by Bright Sheng, and premiered by Gerard Schwarz. Eclectic, exciting, jazzy, and Mahlerian, it reflects Bernstein in all his multifaceted glory. Barber's concert overture is a vibrant work, fizzing with energy, whilst Diamond's Elegy offers a poignant, noble and at times violent lament for Ravel.