Editors’ Notes Under the magnetic leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas, the GRAMMY®-winning San Francisco Symphony offers an electrifying tour of Leonard Bernstein’s swaggering, staggeringly beautiful 1957 classic. The live recording captures the first-ever concert performances of Bernstein’s complete score. While there’s fire and intensity in the jagged rhythms and bold dissonance, the recording’s strength lies in its balance—Thomas shrewdly undersells all but the grandest moments and rising soprano Julia Bullock delivers “Somewhere” with languid grace. Other cherished selections, like “I Feel Pretty” and “Maria,” float by with a breezy vivacity and the cast—led by an impressive Cheyenne Jackson (Glee, 30 Rock)—is uniformly strong. Beyond its theatrical trappings, the symphony’s spirited performance underscores the enduring sophistication and brilliance of Bernstein’s midcentury masterpiece. An accompanying iTunes LP offers historical insights, lyrics, interviews with Thomas, and more.

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West Side Story: Prologue
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West Side Story, Act I
West Side Story, Act I: Jet Song
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West Side Story, Act I: Something's Coming
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West Side Story, Act I: Dance at the Gym, Blues
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West Side Story, Act I: Dance at the Gym, Promenade
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West Side Story, Act I: Dance at the Gym, Mambo
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West Side Story, Act I: Dance at the Gym, Cha-Cha
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West Side Story, Act I: Dance at the Gym, Meeting Scene
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West Side Story, Act I: Dance at the Gym, Jump
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West Side Story, Act I: Maria
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West Side Story, Act I: Only You
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West Side Story, Act I: Balcony Scene
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West Side Story, Act I: America
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West Side Story, Act I: Cool
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West Side Story, Act I: One Hand, One Heart
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West Side Story, Act I: Tonight
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West Side Story, Act I: The Rumble
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West Side Story, Act II
West Side Story, Act II: I Feel Pretty
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Allegro agitato
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Lo stesso tempo
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Adagio
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Scherzo
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Somewhere
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Procession & Nightmare
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West Side Story, Act II: Ballet Sequence, Adagio
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West Side Story, Act II: Gee, Officer Krupke
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West Side Story, Act II: A Boy Like That
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West Side Story, Act II: I Have a Love
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West Side Story, Act II: Change of Scene
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West Side Story, Act II: Jukebox, Taunting Scene
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West Side Story, Act II: Finale
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San Francisco Symphony Records West Side Story
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