Barber: School for Scandal, Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Barber: School for Scandal, Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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by Marin Alsop
     
 

Sometimes the composer doesn't know best. If Samuel Barber had his way, his Second Symphony would be lost to us, all copies of the score destroyed. Fortunately, this vividly dramatic World War II-era work was rediscovered after Barber's death in 1981, allowing us to savor the melodic invention and rhythmic propulsion of a great AmericanSee more details below

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Sometimes the composer doesn't know best. If Samuel Barber had his way, his Second Symphony would be lost to us, all copies of the score destroyed. Fortunately, this vividly dramatic World War II-era work was rediscovered after Barber's death in 1981, allowing us to savor the melodic invention and rhythmic propulsion of a great American symphony. Its slow movement, an evocation of nocturnal flight, contains some of Barber's most lovely music alongside his popular "Adagio for Strings" and Violin Concerto. Always a romantic at heart, Barber found little acceptance among the severe avant-garde establishment of the postwar years, but his lyrical inspiration ensured his success with audiences. This exhilarating recording of Barber's two symphonies launches what promises to be a much-needed collection of his complete works for orchestra. Marin Alsop, always a vigorous proponent of her nation's music, is at the helm of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which captures the American idiom with no difficulties. The concise First Symphony was one of the pieces that launched the young composer's career, its single movement encompassing a scurrying scherzo and a poetic slow section before reaching a powerful, cathartic conclusion. Alongside the symphonies, this volume includes two other early works: the "School for Scandal" Overture, overflowing with sparkling wit, and the more earnest "First Essay," which shows Barber experimenting to create a highly original and personal musical form. With outstanding performances and a budget price tag, this album offers an irresistible opportunity to become better acquainted with one of America's great musical masters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943902424
catalogNumber:
8559024
Rank:
272678

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 2, Op.19  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  - Jeremy Drake  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  2. Essay for orchestra, Op. 12  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  - Jeremy Drake  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  3. The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  - Jeremy Drake  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  4. Symphony No. 1, Op. 9  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  - Jeremy Drake  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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