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BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Cello Concerto / Medea Suite (Barber Conducts Barber) (1950)

Composer(s)Barber, Samuel
Artist(s) Nelsova, Zara, cello • Barber, Samuel, Conductor • New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.111358
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Samuel Barber’s passionate lyricism and fine craftsmanship as a composer are matched by his abilities as a conductor. Having learnt from the redoubtable Fritz Reiner, he ably meets the many challenges posed by his intense Second Symphony, composed while serving in the American Air Force during World War II. Although the self-critical Barber had misgivings about this work, he had no such reservations about his outgoing yet compact Cello Concerto which gained him the New York Music Critics’ Circle Award in 1947. The concise and pithy concert suite from his opera Medea likewise abounds in his characteristic blend of drama and lyricism.


Work/Track Title Time
BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Cello Concerto / Medea Suite (Barber Conducts Barber) (1950) 1:19:33   
  Symphony No. 2, Op. 19          
      I. Allegro ma non troppo 10:40       
      II. Andante, un poco mosso 7:41       
      III. Presto, senza battuta 8:55       
  Cello Concerto, Op. 22          
      I. Allegro moderato 11:29       
      II. Andante sostenuto 6:50       
      III. Molto allegro e appassionato 8:56       
  Medea Suite, Op. 23          
      I. Parodos 2:38       
      II. Choros. Medea and Jason 4:22       
      III. The Young Princess. Jason 2:47       
      IV. Choros 3:16       
      V. Medea 6:17       
      VI. Kantikos Agonias 2:48       
      VII. Exodos 2:54       
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