Barber: Adagio for Strings; Orchestral & Chamber Works

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
While anyone who loves the music of Samuel Barber will already have Thomas Schippers' heartrending performance of his "Adagio for strings" with the New York Philharmonic, anyone who loves the music of Samuel Barber will have to hear this disc because it contains many other superlative recordings. The Philadelphia Woodwind Quartet, an ensemble made up of the principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs "Summer Music" with lightness, beauty, and a marvelous sense of style. André Previn, then a jazz pianist from a movie music background, performs "Four Excursions" with wit, warmth, and a sparkling sense of rhythm. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, then as now the greatest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While anyone who loves the music of Samuel Barber will already have Thomas Schippers' heartrending performance of his "Adagio for strings" with the New York Philharmonic, anyone who loves the music of Samuel Barber will have to hear this disc because it contains many other superlative recordings. The Philadelphia Woodwind Quartet, an ensemble made up of the principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs "Summer Music" with lightness, beauty, and a marvelous sense of style. André Previn, then a jazz pianist from a movie music background, performs "Four Excursions" with wit, warmth, and a sparkling sense of rhythm. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, then as now the greatest baritone of the past three-quarters of a century, performs "Dover Beach" with the Juilliard String Quartet, with sympathy, strength, and an impressive sense of the subtleties of the language. The Beaux Arts String Quartet, then as now a nearly unknown ensemble that specialized in accompanying jazz players, performs the "String Quartet, Op. 11," with power, panache, and a remarkable sense of pathos. E. Power Biggs with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, then a superlative combination that later became something of a joke, performs the "Toccata Festiva" with bombast, bathos, and an unerring sense of the spectacle. And, of course, Schippers' performance of the dramatic Intermezzo from Act III of "Vanessa" remains, along with his Adagio, as one of the best Barber recordings ever made. Sony's remastered stereo sound is up-close and personal and none the worse for it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969473924
  • Catalog Number: 94739
  • Sales rank: 43,323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - New York Philharmonic & Samuel Barber (9:08)
  2. 2 Summer Music, for wind quintet, Op. 31 - Samuel Barber & Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet (11:44)
  3. 3 Excursions (4), for piano, Op. 20 - André Previn & Samuel Barber (11:36)
  4. 4 Dover Beach, for baritone (or mezzo-soprano) & string quartet, Op. 3: No. 4: Allegro molto - Matthew Arnold & Samuel Barber (8:28)
  5. 5 String Quartet, in B major, Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Beaux Arts String Quartet (15:02)
  6. 6 Vanessa, opera, Op. 32 - Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Samuel Barber (4:09)
  7. 7 Toccata Festiva for organ & orchestra, Op. 36 - Samuel Barber & Eugene Ormandy (13:48)
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