Barber: Violin Concerto, Music for a Scene from Shelley, etc.

Barber: Violin Concerto, Music for a Scene from Shelley, etc.

by Marin Alsop
     
 

While Gil Shaham's interpretation of Barber's violin concerto may have been more soulful, or David Zinman's interpretation of his "Music for a Scene From Shelley" more dramatic, no one would say that James Buswell's interpretation of the concerto is anything less than heartfelt or thatSee more details below

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While Gil Shaham's interpretation of Barber's violin concerto may have been more soulful, or David Zinman's interpretation of his "Music for a Scene From Shelley" more dramatic, no one would say that James Buswell's interpretation of the concerto is anything less than heartfelt or that Marin Alsop's interpretation of the "Shelley" music is anything less than affecting. And Alsop's interpretations of the rest of the works on this disc -- the insouciant neo-Classicism of the "Souvenirs (Ballet Suite)" and the slight but supple modernism of the "Serenade for Strings" -- are without recorded peers. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays brilliantly and easily as well as its competition in Baltimore, Detroit, or St. Louis, and Naxos' sound is exemplary and just as clear and atmospheric as that of Argo, Chandos, or EMI. While it might be argued that there are other fine Barber discs in the world, Buswell and Alsop's is surely among the finest.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Achenbach
This latest instalment in Marin Alsop�s enjoyable Barber series for Naxos kicks off with a fine performance of the gorgeous Violin Concerto, notable for its easy spontaneity and unforced eloquence. Firm of tone and technically secure, James Buswell makes an admirably confident soloist.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943904428
catalogNumber:
8559044
Rank:
300685

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, Op. 14  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - James Buswell  - Thomas Moran
  2. Souvenirs suite, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 28  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran
  3. Serenade, for string quartet or string orchestra, Op. 1  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran
  4. Music for a Scene from Shelley, for orchestra, Op. 7  - Samuel Barber  - Marin Alsop  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Thomas Moran

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