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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943904428
  • Catalog Number: 8559044
  • Sales rank: 150,854

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Violin Concerto, Op. 14 - Marin Alsop & Samuel Barber (23:04)
  2. 2 Souvenirs suite, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 28 - Marin Alsop & Samuel Barber (20:44)
  3. 3 Serenade, for string quartet or string orchestra, Op. 1 - Marin Alsop & Samuel Barber (10:48)
  4. 4 Music for a Scene from Shelley, for orchestra, Op. 7 - Marin Alsop & Samuel Barber (9:49)
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Marin Alsop Primary Artist
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