Barber: Capricorn Concerto, etc.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Winding up her highly acclaimed series of Samuel Barber's orchestral works, Marin Alsop has saved some lesser-known gems for last. In fact, considering how underrepresented all of these works are on disc, this might be the most essential volume in the whole six-disc cycle. Barber's lively Capricorn Concerto alone is worth Naxos' budget price. This is an atypical work for Barber, its spiky neo-Classicism suggesting Stravinsky, while its instrumentation -- for solo trumpet, oboe, and flute, with string orchestra -- pays direct homage to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. The playful Mutations from Bach, scored for brass and timpani, also shows the Baroque composer's ...
See more details below
CD
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $5.19   
  • Used (1) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Winding up her highly acclaimed series of Samuel Barber's orchestral works, Marin Alsop has saved some lesser-known gems for last. In fact, considering how underrepresented all of these works are on disc, this might be the most essential volume in the whole six-disc cycle. Barber's lively Capricorn Concerto alone is worth Naxos' budget price. This is an atypical work for Barber, its spiky neo-Classicism suggesting Stravinsky, while its instrumentation -- for solo trumpet, oboe, and flute, with string orchestra -- pays direct homage to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. The playful Mutations from Bach, scored for brass and timpani, also shows the Baroque composer's importance for Barber. The oboist heard in the Capricorn Concerto, Stéphane Rancourt, gets another solo outing in Barber's final composition, a Canzonetta for oboe and strings that could have been the centerpiece of a full concerto had Barber lived to complete it. This music's yearning lyricism is recognizably the work of the composer of the famous Adagio for Strings, a kinship that is also evident in another late work, the delicate and oddly titled after James Joyce Fadograph of a Yestern Scene. Barber's versatility takes another turn in A Hand of Bridge -- a jazzy comic opera, just ten minutes long, that exposes the hidden obsessions of four characters who are ostensibly engaged in a friendly game of cards -- while his most successful opera, Vanessa, is represented by a gorgeously lush Intermezzo salvaged from its last act. Spanning the second half of Barber's career, this program adds up to much more than the sum of its parts, with Alsop convincingly following every twist and turn of the composer's imagination, just as she has throughout this superb series of recordings.
All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Barber: Capricorn Concerto concludes Naxos American Classics' six-disc survey of the complete orchestral music of Samuel Barber as performed by Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Far from being a collection of odds and ends, this gathering of lesser-known material directly contrasts the optimistic and extroverted moods of Barber's early and mid-periods with more insular, personal, and retiring music dating from his last years. One wonders why the "Capricorn Concerto" is so seldom recorded -- its mixture of sunny idealism and worried counterpoint is every bit as appealing as Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks Concerto." In 1959, Howard Hanson made a recording of this work with the Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra, which was so good perhaps the record companies decided we didn't need another one! One thing this Naxos recording has that the Hanson does not is a true sense of sonic depth, and in this work it is good to hear the loud music "loudly" and the quiet music "quietly." Barber's micro-opera "A Hand of Bridge" is an unusual choice for a collection devoted to orchestral music, but here it works well, helping break up and vary the overall program. The singing is decent, but mezzo-soprano Louise Winter seems to make the most of her part. Oboist Stéphane Rancourt is given top billing among the soloists on the back cover, and rightly so. Rancourt not only plays well in his feature, the "Canzonetta for oboe & strings," but is noticeably good in every instance on the disc where the oboe appears. "Mutations from Bach" is a late-period oddity for brass that nonetheless shares some common ground with Elliott Carter's "A Fantasy About Purcell's Fantasia on One Note"; this reviewer had never before heard it, and perhaps the element of surprise it inspired here will be felt likewise by the listener. The remaining pieces are handled by Alsop with tender loving care. "Fadograph of a Yestern Scene" is particularly well shaped and atmospherically true, and yet none of Barber's works are looked upon as secondary, an aspect of this project that sets it apart from the competition. Barber: Capricorn Concerto is a fine conclusion to what has proven a useful, edifying, and highly engaging set of recordings of a composer we all thought we knew, but certainly do know better now.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943913529
  • Catalog Number: 8559135
  • Sales rank: 226,964

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marin Alsop Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously