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American Classics - Barber: Orchestral Works Vol 4 / Alsop

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
>Barber, Samuel : Die Natali, chorale Christmas preludes for orchestra, Op. 37
>Barber, Samuel : Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
>Barber, Samuel : Commando March
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"John Browning has 'owned' this concerto, written with his prodigious technique in mind, for years, and his recordings with George Szell and Leonard Slatkin have cast a huge shadow over newcomers. In this latest challenge, Stephen Prutsman has the hands and the big sound the work requires. Sometimes Prutsman plays squarely enough to make passages sound like etudes. He lacks the subtle touch and phrasing of Browning, who is inside the music." - Hecht, ARG

Listen: Life with Classical Music
Barber's expert iterations and brilliant orchestral interweaving of darker tunes lie "We Three Kings," "O Come Emmanuel" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" will satisfy those who seek more profound works lying outside the usual holiday fare.



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Stephen Prutsman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (03/10/2002-03/11/2002)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1962

>Barber, Samuel : Die Natali, chorale Christmas preludes for orchestra, Op. 37
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1960

>Barber, Samuel : Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (03/10/2002-03/11/2002)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1953

>Barber, Samuel : Commando March
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1943