Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lenny Kravitz Mahler 3 with Zubin Mehta

In March 1978, the then 13 year old rock and movie-star Lenny Kravitz was a member of the California Boys’ Choir. Singing in that choir, he performed in concert and opera productions with conductors like Michael Tilson Thomas, Erich Leinsdorf (talk about clash of generations :-) and Zubin Mehta. With the last conductor he recorded Mahler’s 3rd Symphony in the Los Angeles Royce Hall, Maureen Forrester being the contralto soloist. A fine performance, with the warm voice Forrester as an extra bonus. Kravitz and the California Boys’ Choir sing in the fifth track; Lustig Im Tempo Und Keck Im Ausdruck, also known as the “Bimm Bamm Chorus” :-) Enjoy the performance!

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
-Symphony nr 3 in d-minor (1893-6)
I. Kräftig 
II. Il Tempo Di Menuetto
(Violin – Sidney Hart)
III. Comodo
Horn – Robert Di Vall
IV. Sehr Langsam - Misterioso "O Mensch! O Mensch!"
Contralto Vocals – Maureen Forrester
V. Lustig Im Tempo Und Keck Im Ausdruck. (“Bimm Bamm"
Chorus) – California Boys' Choir, Los Angeles Master Chorale
Contralto Vocals – Maureen Forrester
VI. Langsam

Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, conductor

Royce Hall, March 1978

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Lenny, back in 1978...

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