For Lenny

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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.”
Item number 84284011251
Barcode 842840112518
Release date 2/9/2018
Category Classical Music
Number of units 1
Classical Artist Downes, Lara
Disc: 1
West Side Story00:54:00
1 Something's Coming (From "West Side Story") 00:02:21 Downes, Lara Olusola, Kevin
Anniversary for Lenny00:02:00
2 Anniversary for Lenny 00:01:41 Downes, Lara
Anniversaire for Lenny00:02:00
3 Anniversaire for Lenny 00:01:47 Downes, Lara
Romance for Lenny00:02:00
4 Romance for Lenny 00:02:08 Downes, Lara
Iconoclasm (for Lenny)00:03:00
5 Iconoclasm (For Lenny) 00:03:29 Downes, Lara
Fancy Free (arr. L. Russell for piano)00:03:00
6 Fancy Free: Big Stuff 00:03:03 Downes, Lara
4 Anniversaries00:01:00
7 4 Anniversaries: No. 2, For Johnny Mehegan 00:00:46 Downes, Lara
7 Anniversaries00:01:00
8 7 Anniversaries: No. 1, For Aaron Copland 00:01:17 Downes, Lara
13 Anniversaries00:25:00
9 13 Anniversaries: No. 3, For Stephen Sondheim 00:01:27 Downes, Lara
Evening Primrose (arr. for piano)00:02:00
10 Evening Primrose: I Remember (Arr. for Piano) 00:02:08 Downes, Lara
West Side Story (arr. for clarinet and piano)00:01:00
11 Cool (From "West Side Story") [Arr. for Clarinet & 00:01:07 Downes, Lara Morales-Martinez, Javier
Wonderful Town (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:00
12 Wonderful Town: Story of My Life (Arr. J. Distler 00:02:34 Downes, Lara
Arias and Barcarolles (arr. L. Downes for piano)00:02:00
13 Arias & Barcarolles: No. 5, Greeting (Arr. L. Down 00:02:16 Downes, Lara
Innocent Psalm (for the Bernstein baby)00:01:00
14 Innocent Psalm (For the Bernstein Baby) 00:01:12 Downes, Lara
13 Anniversaries00:25:00
15 13 Anniversaries: No. 6, For My Daughter, Nina 00:01:59 Downes, Lara
16 13 Anniversaries: No. 11, For Felicia, on Our 28th 00:01:26 Downes, Lara
So Pretty00:02:26
17 So Pretty 00:02:27 Downes, Lara Giddens, Rhiannon
Anniversary in Memoriam (for Lenny)00:04:00
18 Anniversary in Memoriam (For Lenny) 00:03:34 Downes, Lara
5 Anniversaries00:07:00
19 5 Anniversaries: No. 2, For Lukas Foss 00:01:44 Downes, Lara
For Lenny (Variation on New York, New York)00:02:00
20 For Lenny (Variation on New York, New York) 00:01:54 Downes, Lara
What Shall We Remember? (arr. for piano)00:04:00
21 What Shall We Remember? (Arr. for Piano) 00:04:12 Downes, Lara
22 Mass: Hymn & Psalm "A Simple Song" 00:04:21 Hampson, Thomas Downes, Lara
Exuberance (for Lenny)00:01:00
23 Exuberance (For Lenny) 00:00:58 Downes, Lara
13 Anniversaries00:25:00
24 13 Anniversaries: No. 4, For Craig Urquhart 00:01:11 Downes, Lara
Remembering Lenny00:04:00
25 Remembering Lenny 00:04:09 Downes, Lara
Goodbye Chorale (for Lenny)00:02:00
26 Goodbye Chorale (For Lenny) 00:02:25 Downes, Lara
Youth, Day, Old Age and Night (arr. L. Downes for 00:03:00
27 Youth, Day, Old Age & Night (Arr. L. Downes for Pi 00:02:40 Downes, Lara
On the Town (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:00
28 Some Other Time (From "On the Town") [Arr. J. Dist 00:03:30 Downes, Lara
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