Barber: Cello Concerto, Adagio for Strings, Medea Suite

Barber: Cello Concerto, Adagio for Strings, Medea Suite

by Marin Alsop
     
 

Barber's Cello Concerto is a richly romantic work, with orchestral writing so vivid and opulent that it could be mistaken for a film score. The cello part is woven more tightly than usual into the orchestral fabric, requiring real reciprocity between soloist and conductor. Wendy Warner and Marin Alsop are inSee more details below

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Barber's Cello Concerto is a richly romantic work, with orchestral writing so vivid and opulent that it could be mistaken for a film score. The cello part is woven more tightly than usual into the orchestral fabric, requiring real reciprocity between soloist and conductor. Wendy Warner and Marin Alsop are in total accord throughout this vibrant performance. Warner's sound is lovely -- although not as robust as Yo-Yo Ma's on his Sony CD -- and her playing is deeply committed, rhythmically vital, and beautifully shaped. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra sounds terrific under Alsop's direction, making the most of Barber's colorful scoring. Alsop and her musicians also make the most of the ballet suite from Medea. This rarely heard work, written for Martha Graham in 1946, is knotty stuff. Barber's melodies have an angular, exotic aspect that evokes the savagery of this ancient Greek tragedy. Alsop's performance of the well-known Adagio for Strings is notable for its sublime dignity; it is deeply expressive without being at all indulgent. The recorded sound is superb.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943908822
catalogNumber:
8559088
Rank:
217159

Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 22  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Wendy Warner  - Edward Henry Potthast
  2. Medea (Serpent Heart) (rev. as "Cave of the Heart"), ballet, Op. 23  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Edward Henry Potthast
  3. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Edward Henry Potthast

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