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This is a work of great scholarship by Simeone, finely narrated by George Guidall. He often sounds like 'Lenny'. The picture of the complex man I had before remains but I see him as more compassionate now. As you'd expect in the life of a polymath such as Bernstein, there are letters from artists of all disciplines as well as politicians etc. The letter from Jacqueline Kennedy following the Requiem Mass for JFK is very moving. A favourite moment is Gunther Schuller taking Bernstein to task over his analysis of the chromatic/atonal/serial phases of 20th century music. This has been quite a journey through the life of one of my heroes. I'd highly recommend a tandem journey via Spotify or YouTube exploring the works mentioned - Bernstein's and notable friends/mentors such as Copland.
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