Orchestral Works 1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.1 x 12.7 x 0.99 cm; 98.09 g
- メーカー : Naxos American
- EAN : 0636943902424
- 製造元リファレンス : unknown
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2000
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Naxos American
- ASIN : B00004T6KQ
- ディスク枚数 : 1
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 518,101位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
NAX 8559024; NAXOS - Germania; Classica contemporanea Orchestrale
There's more to Barber than his Adagio for Strings--hijacked by the movies as a universal anthem for wartime angst--so it's great to hear these lesser-known works. His output, particularly the smaller-scale works, offer rich rewards. The overture to Sheridan's witty comedy The School for Scandal is a delightful romp with meandering melodies that conjure up images of wagon trains on the prairie while the haunting expansive theme of the Essay echoes the mood of the Adagio and is not easily forgotten.
Barber's symphonies are somewhat uneven in quality, mainly because of his extensive revisions, and veer from the amazing to the mundane. Alsop and the RSNO create a lustrous sound and the first symphony in particular gives the cracking brass section ample opportunity to show off. It's Sibelian-like qualities couldn't be more different from the second, sounding uncannily like Britten's Peter Grimes written two years earlier in 1942. --Susan Nickalls
"Orchestral Works, Vol. 1" contains some of Barber's most beloved compositions outside of the "Violin Concerto" and "Adagio for Strings." Alsop's conducting of "School for Scandal" is one of the best I've heard. My number one favorite is Schipper's legendary recording with the NY Philharmonic, but she manages to play it fine here and with great authority. Both symphonies, which I was very unfamiliar until I heard Jarvi's recording of them on Chandos, are rendered beautifully. The "Essay for Orchestra" is also given a great reading.
In terms of orchestral playing, a person would be hard pressed to find better performances than these played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. They are a fully committed orchestra and have proved themselves (not that they had much to prove in the first place) in this series. If you're a Barber fan than this entire series should be a self-recommending set, but if you're completely new to Barber, then start with this first volume, and then make your way through the series if you like what you hear.
Alsop's other Barber recordings:
Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14; Souvenirs (Ballet Suite), Op. 28; Serenade for Strings, Op. 1; Music for a Scene from Shelley, Op. 7
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915
Samuel Barber: Piano Concerto; Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Samuel Barber: Capricorn Concerto; A Hand of Bridge; Intermezzo from Vanessa