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Bernstein: Overture to Candide; Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront ()

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The most popular concert staples by Leonard Bernstein are easy to count on one hand, for the Overture to Candide, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and the ballet from Fancy Free were already greatest hits in his lifetime and have remained on pops programs over the ensuing years. With additional excerpts from the musical On the Town, and the Symphonic Suite from the film On the Waterfront, this album by Carl Davis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra covers the basics and does justice to Bernstein's best-known music in instrumental arrangements that are vividly performed. One might wish that more music had been included here, because the timing at just over an hour makes the package seem a little stingy, and since this disc competes with other Bernstein compilations that offer a little more and are not necessarily restricted to orchestral music, the selections do seem a little limited. That said, Davis and the RPO give entertaining performances that are easy to like, and the audiophile... Hide synopsis

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