Thursday, August 25, 2011


Like many people my age, my first exposure to classical music was watching Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts on television. I didn’t become an instant fan of the music, but I was fascinated by the incredibly articulate man who was speaking.

Years later (after I became a music aficionado) I was mesmerized by his brilliant Norton Lectures. Has anyone ever spoken so eloquently about music? Has anyone ever gotten so "inside" a Beethoven sonata in such an amusing way? Take a look. Leonard Bernstein was a master composer for the concert hall and musical theater. He was also the great conductor of his day. How many people could write the Serenade for violin (after Plato’s Symposium), the song “New York, New York” and conduct an ecstatic performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony? Leonard Bernstein was sui generis.

Today is the anniversary of his birth and that’s cause for celebration. is proud to invite you to celebrate his birthday by sampling some of his brilliant recordings. We are honored to offer a special 20% discount on all Leonard Bernstein titles through August 30th.

There was no better conductor in Mahler and this video of Lenny in the finale to the Resurrection Symphony says it all. Happy Birthday Maestro Lenny!

--Craig Zeichner

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