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on 7 June 2010
A superb version of Knoxville, summer of 1915. Silvia Mcnair's diction is excellent, helped by a very clear and well-balanced recording. This is the one weakness of the excellent Naxos version with Karina Gauvin - you can't hear the words clearly. Both of the above favour a more leisurely tempo than the famous Nonesuch version with Dawn Upshaw. I think this suits the piece, though the nonesuch version is exciting. Good to have heard all three.

The other pieces are also excellent, especially the rarely recorded Medea's Dance of vengeance.
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VINE VOICEon 7 February 2011
I agree with A Hill's review, but I just wanted to add that the Essay No 2 (a diminutive title for a truly symphonic work in 10 minutes!) is my favourite work by Barber - a magnificent and very moving score - and this is my very favourite performance and recording of it and much the same goes for Knoxville (a wonderful work) and the powerful Medea Dance of Vengeance. If you wanted one Barber CD in your collection this is the one that I'd recommend. All credit to Yoel Levi and the Atlanta SO.
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on 6 October 2012
I already have both the Dawn Upshaw and Kathleen Battle versions of 'Knoxville' but I have to agree with previous reviewers in that Silvia McNair, Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra do a truly excellent job. Miss McNair handles the vocal line with consummate ease, and her annunciation is a model of clarity. Is it a trifle slower than other versions? Not sure if it is but, whatever, the pace seems just right to my ears.

I bought the disc on account of 'Knoxville', but the Second Essay was a wonderful bonus. Altogether longer and more complex than the earlier 'Essay' it receives a first class reading (and recording) here. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 3 April 2014
A bought this CD especially for Knoxville Summer of 1915 which is beautifully sung in this recording. The CD as a whole is a delight.
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on 27 June 2015
This is an outstanding barber collection. The soprano singing on Knoxville is pitch perfect, great mixture of clarity and sensuality. The CDs is worth it for this alone. However the orchestral pieces are outstanding also, especially the orchestral essays. Cannot recommend this collection too highly for any lover of Barber or of US music in general. Then go out and buy 'A Hand of Bridge'. Probably the greatest piece of American music ever....!
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on 10 April 2015
The Knoxville performance is sublime. For a red book cd the quality is up to Telarc's usual high level, it's just a shame that it is not
available on a high resolution format be it sacd or blu ray audio
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on 15 December 2015
Really enjoy it
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