Bernstein - Chichester Ps... has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller with over 3 million feedback ratings, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: best_value_entertainment
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £4.99

Bernstein - Chichester Psalms CD

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

Price: £4.62 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
29 new from £1.99 25 used from £0.19 3 collectible from £1.85
£4.62 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Marin Alsop Store

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

  • Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
  • +
  • Eternal Light - A Requiem
Total price: £12.61
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Composer: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000BX5KN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist - Artist (Sample)
Album Only
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Album Only
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99

Product Description

Product Description

Chichester Psalms - On the Town - On the Waterfront / Orchestre Symphonique de Bournemouth - Marin Alsop, direction

BBC Review

Bernstein on a budget? Hmmmm, not sure. Lenny liked a certain amount of opulence: glitz and glamour, an expensive sound and maximum pizzazz. Be honest: would your first port-of-call be Bournemouth for this repertoire?

Well, hang on just one second: there's pedigree here, if you choose to look for it. A previous Principal Conductor, the American Andrew Litton, taught this orchestra to swing in a variety of works from Gershwin to Bernstein and Copland, raising standards as well as taking the orchestra touring back home in the States.

Marin Alsop goes one better: she was a Bernstein pupil, and in fact it was Bernstein who made her want to be a conductor in the first place, falling under his spell when her father took her as a nine-year-old to hear Bernstein conduct the New York Philharmonic. And that's her other advantage: Alsop is a native New Yorker, so when Bernstein depicts the exuberance of Times Square in the mid-40s in his first musical On the Town, she really knows the territory. The same holds true of the Symphonic Suite from Lenny's score for On the Waterfront, Elia Kazan's 1954 film exposing the corruption of the mafia-controlled dockyards - this is the dark side of the city, and Alsop and her Bournemouth band capture it as surely and atmospherically as they do the glitzy exuberance of On the Town...it reeks of adrenaline, and brutal oppression.

The main work though is Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, just about the most tonally optimistic work he composed, and in the simplicity and sentimentality of the Hebrew psalm settings, one of his most approachable yet still exhilarating scores. You need an excellent treble soloist, and Thomas Kelly is just that. Perhaps the singers, chorus and soloists, sound a bit British...just a touch restrained where you'd expect an American choir to let it all hang out, but the orchestra has a riot, and it's a very well-held recording: oomph plus air.

It may be cheap, it may have been recorded this side of the Atlantic, but it never shows. This really is bargain Bernstein; his pupil's done him proud.

Like This? Try These:

Shchedrin: Carmen Suite (Russian National Orchestra)

Terje Rypdal: Lux Aeterna

John Adams: El Niño --Andrew McGregor

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 15 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By RR Waller TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Alsop was a student of Bernstein's and obviously adored him; he was a natural and born teacher who inspired all that met him, either through his educational broadcasts, Tanglewood or his concerts. I have been fortunate enough to attend an Alsop performances, e.g. Bernstein's "Mass", Mahler Symphony Number Two, as well as a day's tutorial with her; she know her composers and the music well, as every good conductor does. On the podium, although she rarely does, I suspect she would like to leap as high as he did but restrains herself, perhaps unwilling to be seen to have been so deeply influenced, at least in gymnastics.

"The work was commissioned for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals' Festival at Chichester Cathedral by the cathedral's organist, John Birch, and the Dean, Walter Hussey. However, the world premiere took place in the Philharmonic Hall, New York on July 15, 1965 with the composer conducting, followed by the performance in the Chichester Festival on July 31, conducted by John Birch." Source: Wikipedia

This CD is a Naxos production and, in addition to a complete performance of the "Psalms", there is "One the Waterfront" and "On the Town". Naxos is an excellent, reasonably priced series and I recommend it as I recommend this CD. Alsop, the choirs and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra do Bernstein proud.

Buy it, especially at this sensible price.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This recording of Bernstein's music is well worth trying. Rated highly by Gramophone magazine, it is well worth a hear.
The Chichester Psalms alone are good value, but the other tracks of Bernstein's music played admirably by the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra are all excellent.
Buy it.
Comment 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This Magnificent disc begins with the composition "On the Waterfront" a symphonic suite from the film. It is a six movement suite from the film score in which Bernstein cleverly incorporates much music that had been written for the film but had been savagely cut by Hollywood. Bernstein was not happy with that and puts things right by creating the suite with the cut pieces re instated. There is an atmospheric horn that begins the piece that evokes a sense of the New York East River Docks and the Saxophone and muted trumpets give a sense of the city. There is great emotion of anxious rhythms and the whole piece is exciting and expressive.

The next part of the Disc sandwiches a piece with an English connection with the Chichester Psalms before going back to a New York setting with the final pieces. This second work is Chichester Psalms. It is a composition that was originally commissioned in 1965 by the Dean of Chichester. He wanted something for the combined choirs of Winchester, Salisbury and Chichester cathedrals for an annual summer music festival. Having written to the American composer Bernstein he did not have to wait too long as work began straight away in New York.
It is interesting that Bernstein experimented with twelve tone composition but decided against the strict orthodoxy. Instead we get a harmonic simplicity with universal text.
It is scored for mixed choir, boy solo, strings, three trumpets, three trombones, two harps and percussion. There are three movements. The first begins with Psalm 108 (Awake, psaltery and harp! I will arouse the dawn) and ends with Psalm 100 (make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands) There is added percussion. Movement number two contains Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepard) and features the two harps.
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
The sound here is as good as I've heard from Naxos, and the balancing of the various elements in the Chichester Psalms is very well handled. Recently, I was listening to the Howells Requiem, and while Bernstein's Psalm settings sound nothing like it, there's a comparable feeling for the setting of a text to unpretentious and accessible music. It's a lovely piece, and chorus, orchestra, and soloists do it justice here. I liked the recording of the boy treble in the Ps. 23 section -- not too highlighted and thus fitting aptly into the texture of the piece. The other pieces seemed finely done to me -- the "On the Waterfront" suite is really a tone poem, and works beautifully as such. A lot of it is plangent and beautifully orchestrated, and it has sufficient variety and development not to overstay its welcome after 19 minutes. The three pieces from "On the Town" are jazzy, big-band fun, carried off here with great spirit. The orchestra sounds great throughout, and Alsop obviously loves her old mentor's stuff. All in all, a bargain at the price.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD was ordered as a 'used' item but appears to be brand new. It arrived just 3 days after placing my order and at the standard postage rate. The music itself will not disappoint anyone wanting a version of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and is conducted by a former pupil of the composer. With the 3 Psalms timed at slightly under 18 minutes the addition of the Symphonic Suite from 'On the Waterfront' and the Three Dance Episodes from 'On the Town' makes the total playing time about 48 minutes. How these versions of Leonard Bernstein's works compare with others that are currently available I cannot say but to me this is an excellent CD.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Customer Discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?