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BARBER: Piano Concerto / Die Natali / Medea's Meditation

Composer(s):Barber, Samuel
Artist(s) Alsop, Marin, Conductor • Royal Scottish National OrchestraPrutsman, Stephen, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559133
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Stephen Prutsman gives a powerful reading of Barber’s formidable Piano Concerto, fully in command of the bravura writing of the outer movements and tenderly expressive in the central Canzone. As a bargain alternative, this is very welcome. With Marin Alsop a most sympathetic Barber interpreter, the Concerto is well supplemented by the well-known concert work drawn from the Medea ballet, the genial and colourful fantasia on Christmas Carols, Die Natali, written at the same period as the concerto in memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevizky, and the wartime of Commando March. Well-balanced sound, if with strings on the light side.

Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,February 2003

"This is the third release in Naxos' survey of Barber's orchestral music, a series that goes from strength to strength. Marin Alsop, now music director of Andrew Litton's former orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony in England, has the Scottish orchestra playing with brilliance and suppleness, and the recorded sound is clear and open.

Especially welcome indeed, revelatory - is Stephen Prutsman's performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1962 Piano Concerto. Audibly inspired by Prokofiev and Ravel, the work was conceived for and long associated with the American pianist John Browning, who died Jan. 2. Mr. Prutsman's is a more "modern" performance, if you will - tauter, more sinewy, but still beautifully shapely."


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