Leonard Bernstein was the most-gifted all-around musician in the history of the human race. While clearly there were composers of greater stature, conductors and
teachers of his equal, no other person ever excelled with such complete and accomplished versatility as a pianist, conductor, composer, teacher, philosopher and humanitarian. Any one of those personas could have
provided him with a full and distinguished career. But Bernstein multi-tasked his talents as a neo-Renaissance man. He brought insight and soul to everything with which he was associated.
“Chichester Psalms” may be Bernstein’s most popular work. Written on commission for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the three movement piece, sung in the original Hebrew, uses
texts from Psalms 108, 100, 23, 2, and 131. It is music that expresses his deeply felt religion. Recording is from the second concert by the Greater Hazleton Oratorio Society I conducted in 1978.