Barber: Complete Orchestral Works

Barber: Complete Orchestral Works

by Royal Scottish National Orchestra
     
 

Naxos' six-disc collection of the complete orchestral works of Samuel Barber is a gold mine for fans of the composer. The individual discs date from between 2000 and 2004, and this set was released in 2010 to honor the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. American conductor Marin Alsop is an ideal choice for surveying these quintessentially American pieces. She… See more details below

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Naxos' six-disc collection of the complete orchestral works of Samuel Barber is a gold mine for fans of the composer. The individual discs date from between 2000 and 2004, and this set was released in 2010 to honor the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. American conductor Marin Alsop is an ideal choice for surveying these quintessentially American pieces. She clearly has a deeply rooted affinity for Barber's music, with an assured and sensitive grasp of the breadth of its post-Romantic warmth as well as its clarity, drama, and tenderness. In the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Alsop has a first-rate ensemble, disciplined and responsive, with the capacity for a full, voluptuous tone and crisp precision, and she draws from them performances of consistently high standards. The performances may not displace a listener's favorite version of the "Piano Concerto," or "Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance," or "Adagio for Strings," but taken as a whole, the collection is of such quality that it can be highly recommended to anyone who loves Barber's work. Among the very fine soloists, standouts include James Buswell in the "Violin Concerto," Stéphane Rancourt in "Canzonetta for oboe and strings" (the composer's last work), and soprano Karina Gauvin in "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." In addition to the complete orchestral music, there are several unexpected inclusions, such as the very rarely heard orchestral arrangement of "Commando March for band," the brief chamber opera "A Hand of Bridge," and "Mutations from Bach, for brass and timpani." Absolute completists should note that while "Knoxville" is included, "Andromache's Farewell for soprano and orchestra" is not, and anyone looking for the obscure "Horizon" will have to search elsewhere. On almost all the tracks, Naxos' sound is clean, warm, and spacious.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0747313602131
catalogNumber:
8506021
Rank:
221732

Tracks

  1. Capricorn Concerto, for flute, oboe, trumpet & strings, Op. 21  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  - John Gracie  - Karen Jones  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Stephane Rancourt  - Edward Henry Potthast
  2. A Hand of Bridge, chamber opera, Op. 35  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Roderick Williams  - Louise Winter  - Thomas Moran  - Simon Wall  - Lesley Craigie  - Edward Henry Potthast
  3. Mutations from Bach (on "Christe, Du Lamm Gottes"), for brass ensemble & timpani  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  4. Canzonetta for oboe & piano (arr. for oboe & strings by C. Turner), Op. 48 posth.  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Stephane Rancourt  - Edward Henry Potthast
  5. Fadograph of a Yestern Scene, for orchestra (after Joyce: "Finnegan's Wake"), Op. 44  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  6. Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for high voice & orchestra (rev. for voice & chamber orchestra), Op. 24  - Samuel Barber  - James Agee  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Karina Gauvin  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  7. Second Essay, for orchestra, Op. 17  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  8. Third Essay, for orchestra, Op. 47  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  9. Toccata Festiva for organ & orchestra, Op. 36  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Trotter  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  10. Commando March, for band  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  11. Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance (from "Medea"), Op. 23a  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  12. Die Natali, chorale Christmas preludes for orchestra, Op. 37  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  13. Piano Concerto, Op. 38  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Stephen Prutsman  - Edward Henry Potthast
  14. Music for a Scene from Shelley, for orchestra, Op. 7  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  15. Serenade, for string quartet or string orchestra, Op. 1  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  16. Souvenirs, suite from the ballet  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  17. Violin Concerto, Op. 14  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  - James Buswell  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  18. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  19. Medea (Serpent Heart) (rev. as "Cave of the Heart"), ballet, Op. 23  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  20. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 22  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Wendy Warner  - Edward Henry Potthast
  21. Symphony No. 2, Op.19  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  22. Essay for orchestra, Op. 12  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  23. Symphony No. 1, Op. 9  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast
  24. The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran  - Edward Henry Potthast

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