Samuel Barber;  Toscanini, Ormandy, Walter    (Pearl 0049)
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Samuel Barber;  Toscanini, Ormandy, Walter    (Pearl 0049)
C1331. SAMUEL BARBER (Bar.), w.Curtis String Quartet: Dover Beach (Sung by the Composer); Toscanini Cond. NBC S.O.: Adagio for Strings; Bruno Walter Cond. NYPO: Symphony #1; Saidenberg Cond. Saidenberg Little Symphony: Capricorn Concerto; Janssen Cond. Janssen (Los Angeles) S.O.: The School for Scandal – Overture; Raya Garbusova, w.Erich Itor Kahn (Pf.): Cello Sonata (all Barber). (England) Pearl 0049, recorded 1935-46. Transfers by David Lennick. Long out-of-print, final copy! - 727031004929


“Among Barber’s finest works are his four concerti, one each for Violin (1939), Cello (1945) and Piano (1962), and also the neoclassical Capricorn Concerto for flute, oboe, trumpet and string orchestra. All of these works are rewarding for the soloists and public alike, as all contain both highly virtuosic and beautiful writing, often simultaneously. The latter three have been unfairly neglected until recent years, when there has been a reawakening of interest in the expressive possibilities of these masterpieces.”

- Classic Cat

“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.”

- Zillah D. Akron