West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein

Naxos has issued a recording of the “Original Score” of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn and a cast including Mike Eldred as Tony and Betsi Morrison as Maria. 

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Andrew Clements in the Guardian of 22 November 2002 wrote of this recording:  It's a performance of the first, pre-Broadway, pre-movie, version of the score and it is at least delivered like a musical rather than an opera manqué. But that is all one can say in its favour: accents come and go, voices are uncertain, the tone is sometimes knowingly coy, sometimes dramatically intense.”


I have bought the recording myself, and I am pleased with it.  The chorus is especially enthusiastic.  But both the Broadway cast recording  and the movie soundtrack are better.  At least it is not bizarre and pretentious like Bernstein’s recording with Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras.  Te Kanawa and Carreras should have recorded The King and I instead of West Side Story.





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