Talk: Leonard Bernstein – the man and the music

BBC SO Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein

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Had he just left us West Side Story, or his work as a conductor, or his inspirational TV lectures on music, Leonard Bernstein’s reputation would be have been secure.

But he did all that as well as play the piano magnificently, compose a superb body of concert-hall and opera-house works, inspire countless generations of young musicians and be the champion of the music of Gustav Mahler in the post-war years.

Even if you think you know Bernstein the man and his music well, be prepared to have your horizons broadened still further – his genius was astounding. Bernstein expert Edward Seckerson talks to Andrew McGregor about Bernstein: the man and the music.

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