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BARBER, S.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Cello Concerto / Medea Suite / Adagio for Strings (W. Warner, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, M. Alsop)

Composer(s):Barber, Samuel
Artist(s) Warner, Wendy, cello • Alsop, Marin, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559088
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Barber’s Cello Concerto of 1945 is more elusive than the Violin Concerto, but Wendy Warner concentrates on its sometimes wry lyricism, and she articulates with brilliant point in the gentle scherzando passage of the finale. Marin Alsop is a persuasive partner, relishing the often plangent orchestral backcloth and securing a splendidly committed response from the Scottish players, both here and in the often astringent score for Medea. The selection is generous, with the atmospheric central portrayal of Medea herself and her dance of vengeance made the focal point of the score. The famous Adagio for Strings then becomes essentially an elegy, but reaches a passionate climax. Fine, vivid recording…

Review By Jason Serinus,The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA),January 2009

Though Barber won the Fifth Circle of New York for the engaging cello concerto, it is far less known than the violin concerto—all the more reason to give it a hearing.

Review By La voix du Nord,Naxos,October 2001

La passionnante collection American Classics chez Naxos permet de découvrir le reste de son [Barber] œuvre symphonique et concertante, impregnee d’un néo-romantisme de bon aloi, ce qui n’empêche pas une violence sous-jacente. Comme ici, dans le superbe Concerto pour Violoncelle ou le ballet Médée


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