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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.   Play with flash player A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 00:05:25

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

  Under the Willow Tree
2.   Play with flash player Under the Willow Tree 00:03:23

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

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

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

  The Monk and his Cat
5.   Play with flash player The Monk and his Cat 00:02:13

Barber, Samuel
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Agnus Dei, Op. 11
6.   Play with flash player Agnus Dei, Op. 11 00:05:55

Barber, Samuel
Stephens, James, lyricist(s)

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

Barber, Samuel
Dickinson, Emily, lyricist(s)

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

Barber, Samuel
Hopkins, Gerard Manley / Agee, James, lyricist(s)

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

Barber, Samuel
Browning, Pack, lyricist(s)

  Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)
14.   Play with flash player Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale) 00:03:02

Barber, Samuel
Zeffirelli, Franco, lyricist(s)

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

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

  God’s Grandeur
17.   Play with flash player God’s Grandeur 00:07:44

Total Playing Time: 01:00:08






Composer(s):
Barber, Samuel

Lyricist(s):
Agee, James; 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

Conductor(s):
Lawrence, Douglas

Choir(s):
Ormond College Choir

Artist(s):
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

Release Date: 08/2006

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