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BARBER: Choral Music

Composer(s)Barber, Samuel
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - SecularOpera
Catalogue 8.559053
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
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Setting texts for chorus or solo songs occupied Samuel Barber throughout his creative life. In particular he sought out English and Irish writers, many of whose melancholic and nostalgic texts aptly matched his own musically romantic persuasion. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map is a disturbing setting of a poem by Stephen Spender describing the death of a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, during which the poet had spent time in Spain. The elegiac and now extraordinarily popular Adagio for Strings is heard in the composer’s own choral version, Agnus Dei, to words from the Latin Mass. God’s Grandeur is one of Barber’s most ambitious and advanced unaccompanied settings.

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BARBER: Choral Music 1:00:08   
  A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 5:25       
  Under the Willow Tree 3:23       
  2 Pieces, Op. 42          
      No. 1. Twelfth Night 4:32       
      No. 2. To be sung on the Water 2:48       
  The Monk and his Cat 2:13       
  Agnus Dei, Op. 11 5:55       
  Reincarnations, Op. 16          
      I. Mary Hynes 2:44       
      II. Anthony O'Daly 3:49       
      III. The Coolin 3:13       
  2 Pieces, Op. 8          
      No. 1. The Virgin Martyrs 3:39       
      No. 2. Let down the bars, O Death 1:53       
  4 Songs, Op. 13 (excerpts)          
      No. 1. Heaven-haven 1:43       
      No. 3. Sure on this shining night 2:03       
  Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale) 3:02       
  Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40, Act III (excerpts)          
      On the death of Anthony 3:11       
      On the death of Cleopatra 2:51       
  God’s Grandeur 7:44       
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