Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Leonard Bernstein conducting
Hang on tight; listen.
As usual, looking for something else, I happened upon this great 1955 video of Leonard Bernstein conducting his composition Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. It’s a wild ride, and not what you’d typically think of when you hear “prelude and fugue.”
At the same time, I found another video of the same piece, this time by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. An equally good performance, but perhaps a bit more …controlled? Refined? I enjoyed it just as much, and I hope you will too.
Image attribution: Leonard Bernstein, by Jack Mitchell [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonard_Bernstein_by_Jack_Mitchell.jpg