Barber: Complete Orchestral Works

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 747313602131
  • Catalog Number: 8506021
  • Sales rank: 148,951

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (8:42)
  2. 2–4 Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (21:42)
  3. 3 Essay for orchestra, Op. 12 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (8:19)
  4. 6–8 Symphony No. 2, Op.19 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (30:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 22 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (29:32)
  2. 4–10 Medea (Serpent Heart) (rev. as "Cave of the Heart"), ballet, Op. 23 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (28:47)
  3. 5 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (7:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, Op. 14 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (23:04)
  2. 4–9 Souvenirs, suite from the ballet - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (20:43)
  3. 10–12 Serenade, for string quartet or string orchestra, Op. 1 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (10:48)
  4. 11 Music for a Scene from Shelley, for orchestra, Op. 7 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (9:49)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto, Op. 38 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (27:12)
  2. 2 Die Natali, chorale Christmas preludes for orchestra, Op. 37 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (17:06)
  3. 3 Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance (from "Medea"), Op. 23a - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (12:47)
  4. 4 Commando March, for band - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (3:46)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for high voice & orchestra (rev. for voice & chamber orchestra), Op. 24 - Samuel Barber & James Agee (16:51)
  2. 2 Second Essay, for orchestra, Op. 17 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (11:21)
  3. 3 Third Essay, for orchestra, Op. 47 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (14:22)
  4. 4 Toccata Festiva for organ & orchestra, Op. 36 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (14:17)
Disc 6
  1. 1–3 Capricorn Concerto, for flute, oboe, trumpet & strings, Op. 21 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (14:14)
  2. 2 A Hand of Bridge, chamber opera, Op. 35 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (9:41)
  3. 3 Mutations from Bach (on "Christe, Du Lamm Gottes"), for brass ensemble & timpani - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (5:38)
  4. 4 Canzonetta for oboe & piano (arr. for oboe & strings by C. Turner), Op. 48 posth. - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (8:45)
  5. 5 Fadograph of a Yestern Scene, for orchestra (after Joyce: "Finnegan's Wake"), Op. 44 - Samuel Barber & Marin Alsop (9:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Primary Artist
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