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John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, three Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

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Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” – BBC 1988

Posted October 9th, 2018

This BBC telecast represents the world premiere of the 1988 Scottish Opera version of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, directed by Jonathan Miller and John Wells. Bernstein attends and John Mauceri conducts this most complete version of the score ever seen on the stage. Directed for the cameras by Humphrey Burton.
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Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” – Kennedy Center 1981

Posted October 8th, 2018


Seen only once in 1981, this is a live national broadcast of the 10th anniversary production of MASS. Directed for the stage by Tom O’Horgan of “Hair” fame, the cameras were directed by Emile Ardolino. The work that opened the Kennedy Center is conducted by John Mauceri and produced for PBS by WQED, Pittsburgh.

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MusicWeb International – On The Cradle Will Rock contribution to American music theatre

Posted October 7th, 2018

Terry Barfoot of MusicWeb International reviews the release of The Cradle Will Rock and discusses the contributions the work has made to American music theatre.

[Marc Blitzstein’s] artistic outlook was much influenced by experiencing the years of the Depression, and he became aware of the politically committed works of Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler. Given this rich pedigree, it is no surprise that The Cradle will Rock is such an interesting work.

Read the full review and discussion at MusicWeb International.

Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided wins Grand Prix of the Golden Prague

Posted October 6th, 2018

from ceskatelevize.cz

On the 55th year of Golden Prague, the international expert Jury composed of representatives from Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Wales and Austria awarded the highest prize Grand Prix Golden Prague to Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided.

“A Genius Divided tells the unknown story of Leonard Bernstein, who is universally thought of as an outstanding conductor, charismatic TV presenter, and the creator of West Side Story. This intimate documentary is marked by Bernstein’s ups and downs as a human, his search for recognition – often in vain – as a composer, and his partially tragic life. Bernstein’s children Jamie, Nina and Alexander, in addition to many other witnesses, give us a deep insight into the disunity of this seminal genius,” explains the jury its decision.