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Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Vol.2 CD

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  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Composer: Samuel Barber
  • Audio CD (29 Jan. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000058USE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,664 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cello Concerto, Op.22 - Wendy Warner
  2. Medea Ballet Suite, Op.23 - Wendy Warner
  3. Adagio for Strings, Op.11 - Wendy Warner

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Concerto pour violoncelle, op. 22 - Medea, op. 23 - Adagio pour cordes, op. 11 / Orchestre national royal d'Écosse, dir. Marin Alsop

BBC Review

Barber's Cello Concerto of 1945 hasn't won as prominent a position in the repertoire as his Violin Concerto, but anyone who relishes the cogency and expressive power of the latter will appreciate the former, too. Admittedly it is not a piece that wears its heart on its sleeve, but its busy opening movement and spiky finale surround a delicately vulnerable Andante whose emotional content is eloquently direct. Soloist Wendy Warner could do with a more lavish tone in places, but her playing is technically spotless and finely attuned to the work's elusive character.

The 1946-7 ballet score Medea (written for Martha Graham's Cave of the Heart) is more extrovert, though its post-Stravinskian language helps maintain an objectivity towards its violent subject that prevents any lapses into melodrama. Its wayward lyricism and obsessive patterns are finely realised by the RSNO, while conductor Marin Alsop shows a keen sensitivity to both scores and balances their rhetoric with the clean-edged clarity of their textures. In addition, her performance of the now-ubiquitous Adagio for Strings is a model of restraint, proving the saying that less equals more. Attractive sound, with a wide range and plenty of definition.

Performance ****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001


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