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BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Cello Concerto / Medea Suite (Barber Conducts Barber) (1950)


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BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Cello Concerto / Medea Suite (Barber Conducts Barber) (1950)

Samuel Barber’s passionate lyricism and fine craftsmanship as a composer are matched by his abilities as a conductor. Having learnt from the redoubtable Fritz Reiner, he ably meets the many challenges posed by his intense Second Symphony, composed while serving in the American Air Force during World War II. Although the self-critical Barber had misgivings about this work, he had no such reservations about his outgoing yet compact Cello Concerto which gained him the New York Music Critics’ Circle Award in 1947. The concise and pithy concert suite from his opera Medea likewise abounds in his characteristic blend of drama and lyricism.

Barber, Samuel

  Symphony No. 2, Op. 19
1.   I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:10:40
2.   II. Andante, un poco mosso 00:07:41
3.   III. Presto, senza battuta 00:08:55
  Cello Concerto, Op. 22
4.   I. Allegro moderato 00:11:29
5.   II. Andante sostenuto 00:06:50
6.   III. Molto allegro e appassionato 00:08:56
  Medea Suite, Op. 23
7.   I. Parodos 00:02:38
8.   II. Choros. Medea and Jason 00:04:22
9.   III. The Young Princess. Jason 00:02:47
10.   IV. Choros 00:03:16
11.   V. Medea 00:06:17
12.   VI. Kantikos Agonias 00:02:48
13.   VII. Exodos 00:02:54

Total Playing Time: 01:19:33

Barber, Samuel

Barber, Samuel

New Symphony Orchestra of London

Nelsova, Zara

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.111358

Barcode: 747313335824

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Physical Release: 11/2010

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