Samuel Barber   (Steber, Farrell, Gedda, Tourel)   (8-WHRA 6039)
Item# C1013
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Samuel Barber   (Steber, Farrell, Gedda, Tourel)   (8-WHRA 6039)
C1013. (SAMUEL BARBER) Composer: Rudolf Firkušný: Excursions, 17 Nov., 1950; Toscanini Cond. NBC S.O.: First Essay for Orchestra; Adagio for Strings, 5 Nov., 1938; Barber Cond. CBS Orch.: Capricorn Concerto, 2 May, 1945; Albert Spalding, w.Ormandy Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Violin Concerto, 7 Feb., 1941; Münch Cond. Boston S.O.: Die Natali, 23 Dec., 1960; Barber Cond. New S.O.: Medea – Orchestral Suite, 12 Dec., 1950; Münch Cond. Boston S.O.: Prayers of Kierkegaard, 3 Dec, 1954; Barber Cond. New S.O.: Flight Symphony #2 (Original Version), 13 Dec., 1950; Barber Cond. New S.O., w.Zara Nelsova: Cello Concerto, 11 Dec., 1950; Samuel Barber (Bar.), w.Curtis String Quartet: Dover Beach, 13 May, 1935; Walter Cond. NYPO: Second Essay for Orchestra, 16 April, 1942; Bernard Herrmann Cond. CBS S.O., w.Eileen Farrell: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, 19 June,1949; Victor Janssen Cond. Janssen Symphony: The School for Scandal – Overture, 11 March, 1942; Orlando Cole (cello), w.Vladimir 'Billy' Sokoloff (Pf.): Cello Sonata in c, 28 Jan., 1973; Curtis String Quartet: String Quartet in b, 14 March, 1938; Rodzinski Cond. NBC S.O.: Symphony in One Movement, (Original version), 2 April, 1938; Koussevitzky Cond. Boston S.O.: Commando March, 30 Oct., 1943; Ruth Posselt, w. Koussevitzky Cond. Boston S.O.: Violin Concerto, 7 Jan., 1949; Koussevitzky Cond. Boston S.O.: Flight Symphony #2 (Revised Version), 4 March, 1944; Barber Cond. Boston S.O.: Flight Symphony #2 (Revised Version), rehearsal for April, 1951 performances; Mitropoulos Cond. NYPO: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, 16th March, 1958; Barber Cond. CBS S.O., w.Jennie Tourel: Sure on this shining night; Nocturne; I hear an army, 2 May, 1945; Gold & Fizdale Duo: Souvenirs, 15 Aug., 1952; Schippers Cond. NYPO, w. Leontyne Price: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Revised Version), 15 Nov., 1959; Eleanor Steber, w. Edwin Biltcliffe (Pf.): Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Revised Edition), Oct., 1958; Mitropoulos Cond. Met Opera Ensemble, w.Eleanor Steber (Vanessa), Rosalind Elias (Erika), Nicolai Gedda (Anatol), Giorgio Tozzi (The Doctor), Regina Resnik (The Old Baroness), George Cehanovsky (Nicholas), Robert Nagy (Footman), VANESSA, 1 Feb., 1958; Interview with Gian Carlo Menotti, 9 March, 1980; Interview with Samuel Barber, 16 March, 1958. (E.U.) 8-West Hill Radio Archives WHRA 6039, partially Live Performances. Transfers by Lani Spahr. Specially priced. - 5425008377407

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“A treasure-trove of historic Barber recordings...A real discovery is the broadcast of the Adagio for strings and the First Essay with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini on November 5, 1938. These were the actual sounds that propelled Barber into the front rank of American composers...This set of CDs is a gold mine for anyone wanting to study Barber's revisions and early performances, many of which are not otherwise available.”

- Gramophone, Oct., 2011



“this is as wide-ranging an anthology of Barber performances as anyone could wish for… the transfers are consistently excellent and the presentation is superb… Barber was one of the most subtle and individual voices of American twentieth-century music and this box is a magnificent celebration of his very personal art.”

- International Record Review, July/Aug., 2011



“An extraordinary collection of Barber performances, most of them never before released. Several major works are included in both their original and revised versions. Newly restored sound by Lani Spahr.”

- Zillah D. Akron