Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
Classical Music Home > BARBER: Choral Music

BARBER: Choral Music


Back Cover Image 
About this Recording

BARBER: Choral Music

Setting texts for chorus or solo songs occupied Samuel Barber throughout his creative life. In particular he sought out English and Irish writers, many of whose melancholic and nostalgic texts aptly matched his own musically romantic persuasion. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map is a disturbing setting of a poem by Stephen Spender describing the death of a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, during which the poet had spent time in Spain. The elegiac and now extraordinarily popular Adagio for Strings is heard in the composer’s own choral version, Agnus Dei, to words from the Latin Mass. God’s Grandeur is one of Barber’s most ambitious and advanced unaccompanied settings.

Barber, Samuel
Spender, Stephen, lyricist(s)

  A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15
1.   A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 00:05:25

Barber, Samuel
Menotti, Gian Carlo, lyricist(s)

  Under the Willow Tree
2.   Under the Willow Tree 00:03:23

Barber, Samuel
Lee, Laurie / Bogan, Louise, lyricist(s)

  2 Pieces, Op. 42
3.   No. 1. Twelfth Night 00:04:32
4.   No. 2. To be sung on the Water 00:02:48

Barber, Samuel
Auden, Wystan Hugh, lyricist(s)

  The Monk and his Cat
5.   The Monk and his Cat 00:02:13

Barber, Samuel
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Agnus Dei, Op. 11
6.   Agnus Dei, Op. 11 00:05:55

Barber, Samuel
Stephens, James, lyricist(s)

  Reincarnations, Op. 16
7.   I. Mary Hynes 00:02:44
8.   II. Anthony O'Daly 00:03:49
9.   III. The Coolin 00:03:13

Barber, Samuel
Dickinson, Emily, lyricist(s)

  2 Pieces, Op. 8
10.   No. 1. The Virgin Martyrs 00:03:39
11.   No. 2. Let down the bars, O Death 00:01:53

Barber, Samuel

  4 Songs, Op. 13 (excerpts)
12.   No. 1. Heaven - haven 00:01:43
13.   No. 3. Sure on this shining night 00:02:03

Barber, Samuel
Browning, Pack, lyricist(s)

  Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)
14.   Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale) 00:03:02

Barber, Samuel
Zeffirelli, Franco, lyricist(s)

  Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40, Act III (excerpts)
15.   On the death of Anthony 00:03:11
16.   On the death of Cleopatra 00:02:51

Barber, Samuel
Hopkins, Gerard Manley, lyricist(s)

  God’s Grandeur
17.   God’s Grandeur 00:07:44

Total Playing Time: 01:00:08

Barber, Samuel

Auden, Wystan Hugh; Bogan, Louise; Browning, Pack; Dickinson, Emily; Hopkins, Gerard Manley; Lee, Laurie; Mass Text; Menotti, Gian Carlo; Spender, Stephen; Stephens, James; Zeffirelli, Franco

Lawrence, Douglas

Ormond College Choir

Dickson, Ben; Kayser, Deborah; McDonald, Grantley; Vorster, Len

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Choral - Secular; Opera

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559053

Barcode: 636943905326

Physical Release: 08/2006

For U.S. only:
Buy from
For Sweden:
Buy from Ginza
For Canada only:
Buy from
For Sweden:
Buy from Naxos Sweden
For U.S. and Canada:
Buy from H & B Direct
For Germany only:
Buy from
For Germany and Europe:
Buy from
For Worldwide:
Buy from Presto Classical
For U.S. and Canada:
Buy from
Buy from J&R
For U.S. and Canada:
Naxos Direct
For U.K. Only:
Buy from
For France:
Abeille Musique
For Germany:
Buy from
For U.S.:
Barnes & Nobles


 Tell a Friend |  Bookmark this page Digg It |  Bookmark this page |  Add to Facebook Facebook |  FURL FURL |  Add to MySpace MySpace |  Stumbleupon StumbleUpon |  Twitter Twitter

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
11:01:39 AM, 9 October 2015
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2015 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.