Overture to Candide
Danzón No. 2
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Méditation for Violin and Orchestra Op. 42, No. 1
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein continues to be one of the most widely performed composers of the twentieth century. Candide is an operetta and is in the musical tradition of Broadway theatre, yet the overture has become a staple of the symphonic orchestral repertoire.
South American-born Marquez’s composition, Danzón No. 2, is a distinctive urban dance from the Veracruz region in Mexico. It is rhythmic and spirited, but also nostalgic, with melodies of smouldering sensuality.
In contrast, the improvisatory nature, eloquent counterpoint and virtuosic passages make the Bruch Violin Concerto the most alluring he has written.
Tchaikovsky’s Méditation is built on beautiful melodies with Russian inflection, and the solo part exemplifies his mastery of violin writing.
West Side Story stands as an essential, influential chapter in the history of American theatre.