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Bernstein: Wonderful Town

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Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra pay homage to former LSO President Leonard Bernstein with a new recording of Wonderful Town that captures the energy and excitement of sold-out performances from December 2017.

Bernstein’s five-time Tony award-winning musical follows sisters Ruth and Eileen on their quest to make it big, pursuing careers in writing and acting from their cramped basement apartment in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Fresh from rural Ohio, the sisters end up getting more than they bargained for, realising that life in the Big Apple is not as glamourous as it may seem.

A bright and cheery love letter to the city that never sleeps and the colourful characters inhabiting it, Wonderful Town draws on Fields and Chodorov’s 1940 play My Sister Eileen, which itself is based on a series of autobiographical short storied by the ‘real-life’ Ruth McKenney.

Bernstein’s infectious score includes classic numbers such as ‘Ohio’, ‘One Hundred Easy Ways’, and ‘A Little Bit in Love’, as well as a riotous conga that had delighted audiences dancing in the aisles of the Barbican hall.

Composer Leonard Bernstein
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Soloists Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, Nathan Gunn, Duncan Rock
Performers London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus

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4 reviews for Bernstein: Wonderful Town

  1. 5 out of 5

    “Brilliant with the American soprano Danielle de Niese as believably naive, at the same time fascinating charming and vocally absolutely stage suitable Eileen.”

    Rated 5 out of 5
  2. 5 out of 5

    “Danielle de Niese makes a characterful Eileen, her attractively warm vibrato given her voice a nice easy feel to it.”

    Rated 5 out of 5
  3. 5 out of 5

    ‘The performance has exactly the right infusion of theatrical vividness.’

    Rated 5 out of 5
  4. 5 out of 5

    “Danielle de Niese was brilliantly cast as Eileen, resplendent in scarlet. Her voice glistened with mischief and sparkle, and the vocal charm of ‘It’s Love’ worked its musical magic on Baker.”

    Rated 5 out of 5

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