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Leonard Bernstein's Peter Pan


  • 1. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Prelude - Act 1
    2. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Who Am I?
    3. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Peter's Tears
    4. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Shadow Dance
    5. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Flight to Neverland
    6. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Flight Music
    7. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Prelude - Act 2
    8. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Pirate Song
    9. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Croc Music
    10. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Wendy's Entrance
    11. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Build My House
    12. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Scene Change
    13. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Neverland
    14. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Pirate Song (reprise)
    15. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Lagoon Fight
    16. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Scene Change
    17. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Peter Peter
    18. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Indian-Pirate Fight
    19. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Hook's Poison
    20. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Tinkerbell Sick! Tink Lives!
    21. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Captain Hook's Soliloquy
    22. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Prelude Act 3
    23. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Crew Dance
    24. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Plank Round
    25. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Fight
    26. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Scene Change
    27. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Dream with Me
    28. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Underscore
    29. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Scene Change
    30. Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman): Spring Will Come Again (Bonus Track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7596

  • Credits
    ProducerSusan Napodano DelGiorno
    EngineerDavid Merrill

    Audio Mixers: David Merrill; Silas Brown; Susan Napodano.
    Liner Note Author: Daniel Felsenfeld.
    Recording information: New York, NY (10/2004-02/2005); Prague, Czech Republic (10/2004-02/2005).
    Illustrator: George DelGiorno.
    In 1950, Leonard Bernstein was engaged to write songs for a Broadway musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's children's classic Peter Pan. By the time the show reached the stage on April 24, Bernstein's contribution had been scaled back to half-a-dozen songs, making the production more of a "play with music" than a full-fledged musical. Columbia Records released an Original Broadway Cast album featuring those songs along with incidental music composed by Alec Wilder. More than a half-century later, conductor Alexander Frey, having discovered that Bernstein wrote considerably more music than was actually used, put together this recording of the material, which vastly expands the score to 29 musical cues, played by the Amber Chamber Orchestra, with Linda Eder voicing the part of Wendy Darling and Daniel Narducci playing Captain Hook. The restoration does not, however, support the notion that Bernstein wrote much more of a song score than was previously known. The songs that were in the original production are here, of course, along with a couple of cut numbers ("Captain Hook's Soliloquy" and "Dream with Me"), but the rest is instrumental music. It's very pretty music, to be sure, and for anyone familiar with Bernstein's work, highly suggestive of future efforts. For example, "Crew Dance" and "Fight" both sound like early renderings of ideas that would turn up in West Side Story, while "Spring Will Come Again" (a song intended for a version of The Skin of Our Teeth, included here as a bonus) sounds like a dry run for "Somewhere" from that later show. Pleasant as this music is, however, it is easy to appreciate why this version of Peter Pan is not as well remembered as the 1954 Broadway musical with songs by Moose Charlap and Carolyn Leigh, or even the 1953 Walt Disney animated movie, with songs by Sammy Fain and Sammy Cahn. Bernstein makes no concessions to children in his songs (for which he wrote the lyrics), seeming more interested in exploring a new approach to operetta in the Gilbert & Sullivan mode. The result is a minor, but worthwhile addition to the Bernstein catalog. ~ William Ruhlmann

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