Pianist Lara Downes has released a new album “For Lenny,” honoring Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday celebration. The recording features Bernstein's Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premeires of works dedicated to him by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.
Lara and I sat down to discuss this new release and the man behind the music, Leonard Bernstein! I hope you enjoy our chat.
Yours in good music,
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