Leonard Bernstein, Piano & Chamber Music

Leonard Bernstein, Piano & Chamber Music

Various Artists

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534708
Catalog number: AVI 8553411
Releasedate: 01-03-19

- This an Anniversary Edition for LEONARD BERNSTEIN’s 100th birthday
- High calibre artist roster (led especially by Wayne Marshall) are playing most of Bernstein’s Piano & chamber music which is not at all known to most connoisseurs
- A great part of these partly very short pieces are only available on almost vintage albums


Anniversary Edition for his 100th Birthday

That which comes closest to love

“Leonard Bernstein was certainly not surrounded by an aura of aloofness. He enjoyed his immense popularity, although he never consciously attempted to be “everybody’s darling” and to be hailed as “Lenny” by everyone on the street.

His parents had officially named him Louis, but tended to call him Leonard. Serge Koussevitzky, his teacher and elder friend – with whom he not only shared an outstanding musical talent but also an East European Jewish family background – called him “Lenyusha”.

Bernstein himself preferred “Lenny” and thought up a pseudonym under which he wrote popular music during his youth to stay afloat: “Lenny Amber”, since “amber” is the English translation of the German word “Bernstein”. He founded a publishing house to bring out his own works and called it “Amberson Enterprises”.

Games with codes, cyphers, codenames and identities run through Bernstein’s entire output: references to himself, to people in his private circle, or to works by other composers from all periods and almost all genres from Baroque to jazz…...” (Excerpt from the Booklet Notes by Johannes Jansen)

WAYNE MARSHALL’s relationship with music began at the age of three, when he had already
familiarised himself with the piano; he only began to take formal lessons a few years later. He was
a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from 1971 to 1979. He won a foundation
scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, which was combined with the post of Organ
Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and he was a postgraduate student at the Hochschule
für Musik in Vienna from 1983-84.

Wayne’s musical forays led him to experiment in multiple genres, including church music and jazz, but
he quickly found his professional voice as an organ/piano recitalist. This was also the time in which Wayne
began to find his footing as a conductor, a path that would see him working with some of the world’s
most accomplished orchestras. He is thus a man with two gifts and one legacy.
He was the BBC Music Magazine’s Artist of the Year in 1998. In 2004, Wayne received an Honorary
Doctorate from Bournemouth University, and in 2010 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.
2016 he received the prestigious Golden Jubilee Award in commemoration of his services to music.

BENYAMIN NUSS (*1989 in Bergisch-Gladbach) began piano lessons at the age of six He was inspired
and encouraged by his father, the trombonist Ludwig Nuss, an internationally renowned jazz musician.
Benyamin made classical music and jazz into his passion. Benyamin has played with many international
highly reputed orchestras such as the London Symphony and Japan Philharmonic.

With concerts held all over the world and numerous CD recordings – many of which have been
awarded the highest accolades – MAURICE STEGER (*1971) has established himself as one of the
most popular soloists in the field of early music. With his vibrant manner and his personal, spontaneous
and technically brilliant style, Maurice Steger has enhanced the standing of the recorder as an
instrument and positioned it on an entirely new level.

LISA SCHUMANN was born near Cologne in 1988 and had first violin lessons when she was four
years old. At the age of eight she started studying with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik und
Tanz in Cologne. She garnered further valuable artistic counsel from renowned musicians including
Daniel Sepec, Igor Ozim, Mihaela Martin, Sergei Fatkulin, Gerhard Schulz (of the Alban Berg Quartet)
and Vineta Sareika (of the Artemis Quartet). Lisa Schumann has won several awards.
Concert appearances have led her to perform in Austria, Switzerland, France, Japan and Germany.
Lisa Schumann is concertmaster of the Cologne Kammersymphoniker and is regularly called upon to
guest as concertmaster for Hamburg Camerata, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles.
She plays a violin made by Ferdinando Gagliano in Naples (1795).