117. The greatest Musical? Bernstein: West Side Story, Symphonic Dances

I played this over a week ago and still the tunes dance around inside my head – it’s the jazz- and latin-fuelled brilliance of the Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s smash hit musical, West Side Story – perhaps the greatest musical there is? What do you think? Let me know!

Listening time 34 minutes (podcast 10′, music 24′)

Complete performances of the music here:

A filmed concert performance with The Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Mikko Franck:

or the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Christian Lindberg, conductor:

The Apple link only plays the first track – you’ll have to work out the rest, sorry. Here’s a link to the album

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Thanks to NY resident, Emma Cotter for the photo – actually taken from Queensboro bridge, so it’s an East Side Manhattan photo, but in the right uptown/ downtown area!

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