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  West Side Story

HRKCD 8362

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SPECIAL DELUXE EDITION!



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Leonard Bernstein is considered to be one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated composers.

When Jerome Robbins decided to make the big screen version of West Side Story many considerable changes were made.

These are detailed in the outstanding booklet that accompanies this very special Fiftieth Anniversary Edition with exclusively commissioned new notes by Bernstein biographer Nigel Simeone, author of the recently published book “Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story” (Ashgate, 2009). We quote from that book’s cover blurb:

West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone's commentary considers: musical characteristics and compositional techniques used to mirror the drama (for example, the various uses of the tritone), motivic development, the use and reinvention of Broadway and other conventions, the creation of dramatic continuity in the score through the use of motifs and other devices, the unusual degree of dissonance and rhythmic complexity (at least for the time), and the integration of Latin-American dance forms (Mambo, Huapango and so on). The stir the show caused included the response that it was the angular, edgy score that made it a remarkable achievement.

Simeone’s notes for the release “carry on” from where his book ends in 1961 and discusses the important contributions of Ramin and Kostal.

This release has been meticulously remastered and includes Ramin and Kostal’s versions of four tunes, heard for the first time on CD as well as other significant additions that add up to a 75+ minute CD of the most complete version of this wonderful score ever released.

CLICK TO READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE OF THE MUSIC BY THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Track Listing
1. OVERTURE
2. PROLOGUE
3. JET SONG
4. SOMETHING’S COMING
5. DANCE AT THE GYM
6. MARIA
7. AMERICA
8. TONIGHT
9. GEE, OFFICER KRUPKE
10. INTERMISSION MUSIC
11. I FEEL PRETTY
12. ON HAND, ONE HEART
13. QUINTET
14. THE RUMBLE
15. COOL
16. A BOY LIKE THAT & I HAVE A LOVE
17. SOMEWHERE (FINALE)
18. END CREDITS
19. ONE – Vocal by Jo Stafford

The Following tracks arranged and conducted by Sid Ramin and Irv Kostal.Vocals by The Honey Dreamers

20. COOL
21. COOL FUGUE
22. MARIA
23. MAMBO