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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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This is Lincoln Center: Leonard Bernstein’s Debut

Posted August 21st, 2018

As part of his popular Lincoln Center series The History of the World in 100 Performances, Adam Gopnik and his guests take us back in time to November 14, 1943, when a 25-year-old assistant conductor stepped up to the podium at the last minute to lead what was then known as the New York Philharmonic Symphony. His name? Leonard Bernstein.

This is Lincoln Center with Adam Gopnik, David Denby, John Mauceri, Jamie Bernstein, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Read a full transcript at lincolncenter.org

 

Praise for The Cradle Will Rock

Posted August 21st, 2018

[Q] onstage, Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Bridge Records remedies this by releasing “Cradle’s” first complete recording with the 2017 Opera Saratoga cast and orchestra, under the baton of John Mauceri, a breathtaking, emotional and, alas, far too pertinent venture, in today’s political climate.

 

Times Union, James Dalton

The show is clever, perhaps ingenious, and this rendition is colorful, vibrant and probably definitive… The performance, led by the distinguished conductor John Mauceri, honors every note.

 

The Wall Street Journal

Bridge Records has just put out the company’s impressive performance of Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock,” recorded live at its 2017 summer festival.

 

San Francisco Classical Voice, Jason Victor Serinus:

Recorded live last July at Opera Saratoga with a crack cast conducted by John Mauceri, The Cradle Will Rockcomes across as a thoroughly invigorating, oft prosaic proletarian rallying cry whose libretto style calls to mind productions by the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
…but this is the first complete recording of the score as Blitzstein wrote it. That makes it indispensable.

 

SoundWorldSight, Leonard J. Lehrman

Conductor John Mauceri has done it again, in productions and then recordings, bringing new light to Bernstein and Blitzstein masterpieces that had hitherto not enjoyed the full appreciation they deserve.

 

Performing Arts Monterey Bay

John Mauceri, the polymath conductor of rare but important works, adds this comment, “Without a single updated text change, and maintaining the story in the late 1930s, we all knew this tale of nepotism, bribery, violence, prostitution on every level, fear of change, the manipulation of news, the suspicion of immigrants, and the buying and selling of the middle-class, were not things of the past. All we had to do was perform it as it was written.”  The performance time of Cradle is 97 intense minutes; it should go on the road.

Blitzstein’s Cradle Will Rock Is Compelling Listening, Now

Posted July 16th, 2018

The San Francisco Classical Voice reviews the first complete recording of The Cradle Will Rock. Review by Jason Victor Serinus.

Merely 84 years after the nearly-aborted world premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, Bridge Records has issued the first complete recording of this agit-prop-meets-Brecht/Weill-meets-grand-opera-meets-musical-theater milestone. Recorded live last July at Opera Saratoga with a crack cast conducted by John Mauceri, The Cradle Will Rockcomes across as a thoroughly invigorating, oft prosaic proletarian rallying cry whose libretto style calls to mind productions by the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Read the full review at The San Francisco Classical Voice.

Read more about the CD release here and more about the production of The Cradle Will Rock here.

Purchase a copy of the 2-CD set at Amazon.com

SoundWordSight.com reviews The Cradle Will Rock 2-CD set

Posted July 15th, 2018

Review by Leonard Lehrman for soundwordsight.com

Conductor John Mauceri has done it again, in productions and then recordings, bringing new light to Bernstein and Blitzstein masterpieces that had hitherto not enjoyed the full appreciation they deserve.  First there were the Scottish Opera versions in 1988 of Bernstein’s Candide and in 1991 of Blitzstein’s Regina, both restoring and exploring sketches and other materials that had been cut, some of them for good reason, but giving future producers the opportunity to choose among them.  Now he has conducted, and Bridge Records has released, the original version, with full orchestra, of the work that launched Bernstein’s career at Harvard as conductor, pianist and producer of socially conscious musical theater, Blitzstein’s Brechtian play in music, written “at white heat” in 5 weeks, in 1936: The Cradle Will Rock.

Read the full review, as well as reviews for 2 New Books on Leonard Bernstein at soundwordsight.com

Read more about the CD release here and more about the production of The Cradle Will Rock here.

Purchase a copy of the 2-CD set at Amazon.com