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Bernstein: West Side Story CD review – Tilson Thomas's immaculate but safe recording

July 4, 2014

Andrew Clements, theguardian.com



Taken from concerts a year ago in the San Francisco orchestra's home at Davies Symphony Hall, Michael Tilson Thomas's performance of Leonard Bernstein's genre-crossing masterpiece inevitably invites comparisons with the famous 1984 studio recording with the LSO by the composer himself. But where his mentor controversially opted for mature opera singers in the principal roles Kiri Te Kanawa, JosÉ Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos Tilson Thomas cast young singing actors with backgrounds in musical theatre. Even with the dialogue cut to a bare minimum they make the drama genuinely involving there's no hint of parody in the Puerto Rican accents of Alexandra Silber's Maria and Jessica Vosk's Anita, while Cheyenne Jackson's Tony is a nicely conflicted mix of sentiment and swagger. Both the choral singing and the orchestral playing are immaculate, too, but the performance doesn't always fizz as it ought to; though hugely enjoyable, it can be a bit safe and staid.


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Source: Guardian Web


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