Tonight, Humphrey features a very rare recording of Bernstein’s miniature song cycle, La Bonne Cuisine – a fun take on a more serious song cycle by Gabriel Faure. Bernstein wrote his own witty translations of four French recipes originally published by Émile Dumont in 1890: ‘Plum Pudding’, ‘Ox-tails’, ‘Tavouk Guenksis’ (a Turkish dish) and ‘Rabbit at Top Speed’, and tonight we hear them performed by American soprano Roberta Alexander.
Later in the programme, Humphrey features a ballad originally composed by Bernstein for his newborn daughter Jamie, which he later incorporated into his Broadway musical Wonderful Town.
Humphrey Burton presents the fourth episode in Classic FM’s brand new series The Joy of Bernstein, celebrating one of the 20th century’s most famous and influential musicians.
Tonight, Humphrey features a selection of Bernstein’s incidental music for a Broadway production of Peter Pan, which starred Boris Karloff as Captain Cook. Later in the programme, Humphrey reveals how Bernstein transformed songs from an abandoned Broadway show into one of his most popular classical choral works, the Chichester Psalms.
In the fifth programme, Humphrey reveals how a wild weekend that Bernstein had with his brother and sister at a country house party in Ireland inspired the number My darlin' Eileen in his next Broadway musical, Wonderful Town.
His passion for the music of Hector Berlioz comes through in a movement from Harold in Italy featuring France's National Radio orchestra and American viola virtuoso Donald McInnes.