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Barber: Piano Concerto; 3 Essays / Kawka

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
>Barber, Samuel : Essay for Orchestra no 1, Op. 12
>Barber, Samuel : Second Essay, for orchestra, Op. 17
>Barber, Samuel : Essay for Orchestra no 3, Op. 47
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Notes & Reviews:

This new CD includes Barber's Piano Concerto, which won the composer his second Pulitzer Prize, and the Three Essays for orchestra. Skilled pianist Giampaolo Nuti - known for his recordings dedicated to Schnittke, Busoni, and Berio - appears with the great Daniel Kawka and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.

”In the three essays, Kawka & Co. sound perfectly idiomatic. The strings at the opening of the First Essay are warmly romantic, and Kawka shapes the conclusion of the grand Second Essay about as well as anyone ever has. The brass do themselves proud here also, with a bright but not raw timbre. The Third Essay, the longest of the three, is also unusually focused and confidently projected. Clearly Italian orchestras have come a long way in the past few decades. It would be easy to overlook this release, but if you're a serious Barber fan, that would be a mistake.”-Classicstoday.com

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium RAI Torino (05/07/2008-05/09/2008).



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>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Giampaolo Nuti (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Notes: Auditorium RAI Torino (05/07/2008-05/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1962

>Barber, Samuel : Essay for Orchestra no 1, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Notes: Auditorium RAI Torino (05/07/2008-05/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Barber, Samuel : Second Essay, for orchestra, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Notes: Auditorium RAI Torino (05/07/2008-05/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Barber, Samuel : Essay for Orchestra no 3, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Notes: Auditorium RAI Torino (05/07/2008-05/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978