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Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings; Piano & Violin Concerto; Choral Pieces / Ittai Shapira, violin; Tedd Joselson, piano; Joyful Company of Singers; London SO, Andrew Schenck

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Barber, Samuel : Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8 no 2
>Barber, Samuel : Heaven-Haven, for chorus (arr. of song Op. 13/1)
>Barber, Samuel : The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8 no 1
>Barber, Samuel : God's Grandeur, for chorus
>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
Particularly beautifully captured, are the LSO's strings in the Adagio for Strings ... However, it is the Piano Concerto which is the main attraction, with superb playing by the soloist. His piano is nicely placed in a sensible relationship with the orchestra which is itself allowed to breathe freely in the atmospheric surroundings, and there are sublime moments of extreme clarity in the persuasive slow movement. Dynamic range is used to great effect and the contrast with the final dying strains of the Adagio must be one of the greatest on record.



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
  • Performer: Ittai Shapira (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Sanderling
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Andrew Schenck
  • Ensemble: Joyful Company of Singers
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Barber, Samuel : Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8 no 2
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Barber, Samuel : Heaven-Haven, for chorus (arr. of song Op. 13/1)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Barber, Samuel : The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8 no 1
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1935

>Barber, Samuel : God's Grandeur, for chorus
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Tedd Joselson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Schenck
  • Running Time: 26 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1962