My introduction to Barber's 2nd Symphony was the late Andrew Schenck's recording on the budget label Stradivari Classics back in the late 80s (orchestral parts had been found in a warehouse and published in 1984). Schenck was probably the finest Barber conductor after Schippers (and before Slatkin). His performances were excellent and are still worth seeking out. (David Measham also made a fine recording of Night Flight, the surviving movement that Barber allowed to be published).
Jarvi and the DSO make a convincing case for both symphonies especially the 2nd. Modern digital recording techniques and the superlative DSO reveal details of the 2nd I had not heard before. But at the end of the day, I have to recommend Marin Alsop's recording on Naxos for a modern, impressive digital performance (for collectors, there is an ancient performance of the symphony with Barber conducting). I can't give the CD five stars because Jarvi is pretty low-engery with the School for Scandal, one of the weakest I've ever heard. And, lord, did we really need another Adagio for Strings (I bet Barber - except for the money - wished he had never written that!).
Barber: Symphonies NOS 1&2
- 製品サイズ : 14.81 x 12.7 x 1.09 cm; 110 g
- メーカー : Chandos
- EAN : 0095115968420
- 商品モデル番号 : CHAN9684
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1998
- レーベル : Chandos
- ASIN : B00000DBQY
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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Wonderful music by a great American composer2010年3月25日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Didn't know either Barber symphony. I picked up the scores as well and poured over them while listening to the CD. The recording is bright and vivid. Each symphony is a terrific example of a master at work. Beautifully orchestrated, lovely melodies, bold and engaging harmonic progressions. I wish more people would remember that Barber is one of our greatest musical treasures. Particularly fond of the Second Symphony, which is haunting.