Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles

In honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony unveil their latest digital release: Bernstein’s personal and vacillating song cycle Arias and Barcarolles. In this recording, MTT enlivens a work he premiered with the composer, and shares with us a glimpse into the mind of one of music's greatest cultural ambassadors. Available on all download and streaming channels, Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles features the voices of mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, and an orchestral arrangement that is, according to MTT, “everything that Bernstein would have wanted it to be.”

MTT, Isabel and RyanMichael Tilson Thomas, Ryan McKinny, and Isabel Leonard. Photo: Stefan Cohen

MTT on performing Bernstein

"Reflecting on the world’s season-long celebration of Bernstein’s centennial, it occurs to me that this performance of Arias and Barcarolles speaks far more eloquently than any words I might offer. It illuminates what he was actually like and shows the range of his omnivorously curious, confrontational, and generous spirit. It delights and challenges us at every moment."

– Michael Tilson Thomas






Bernstein album cover

Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony
Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-soprano
Ryan McKinny, Bass-baritone

1. Prelude
2. Love Duet
3. Little Smary
4. The Love of My Life
5. Greeting
6. Oif Mayn Khas’neh (At My Wedding)
7. Mr. and Mrs. Webb Say Goodnight
8. Nachspiel

Total Playing Time: 32:54