- Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
- Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for high voice & orchestra (rev. for voice & chamber orchestra), Op. 24
- Violin Concerto, Op. 14
- The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5
- Essay for orchestra, Op. 12
- Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance (from "Medea"), Op. 23a
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings; Violin Concerto; Knoxville - Summer 1915
Listeners who know the music of American composer Samuel Barber well may already have their favorite recordings of many of the works on this EMI disc. Who can forget Isaac Stern and Leonard Bernstein's inspired 1964 account of the "Violin Concerto" or Thomas Schippers and/a>/a>/a>… See more details below
Listeners who know the music of American composer Samuel Barber well may already have their favorite recordings of many of the works on this EMI disc. Who can forget Isaac Stern and Leonard Bernstein's inspired 1964 account of the "Violin Concerto" or Thomas Schippers and the New York Philharmonic's blazing 1965 readings of the "Adagio for Strings" and "Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance"? But as a single-disc introduction for those unfamiliar with Barber, this collection will do just fine. Essentially, it is Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's 1988 disc of Barber's six best-known single-movement orchestral works with two of the "Essays for Orchestra" dropped to make room for Slatkin and the Saint Louis' 1986 recording of the "Violin Concerto" with Elmar Oliveira, and Barbara Hendricks and Michael Tilson Thomas' 1994 recording of "Knoxville: Summer 1915." Slatkin is an energetic Barber conductor emphasizing color and lyricism over form and drama. The Saint Louis is an enthusiastic Barber orchestra that gives the Adagio plenty of juice and the "Overture to The School for Scandal" considerable verve. Oliveira's graceful technique and warm, focused tone suit the concerto and Hendricks' sumptuous tone and sentimental delivery likewise fit "Knoxville." Except for the later "Knoxville," EMI's early digital recordings sound is clear but slightly distant. "Knoxville," however, is clean, lush, and close.
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This was recommended by my son - Adagio was in the movie, Elephant Man, sound track and he asked all on FB friend list to play this at his memorial. My thought was "I never want to see the day he passes" SO I sent it to him to enjoy while we are still on this earth. Upon receiving the cd, he called from his vehicle at the PO parking lot as he listened to the beautiful symphony. I'll eventually purchase one for myself. Beautiful music!