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Samuel Barber (1910-81)

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Camilla Wicks: Five Decades of Treasured Performances

Camilla Wicks: Five Decades of Treasured Performances


Barber:

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Bartók:

Rhapsody for Violin & Orchestra No. 2, BB 96b, Sz. 90

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

Benjamin, A:

From San Domingo

Jamaican Rumba

Bloch, E:

Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Hungarian Dance No. 7

Brustad:

Eventyr (Fairytale): Trollkvenna

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

Fauré:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

arr. Heifetz

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Kreisler:

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Nin:

Cantos populares españoles (20), for voice and piano: excerpts

arr. Kochanski

Paradies:

Sicilienne

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in A minor 'Sonate posthume'

Tzigane

Sarasate:

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Danza Española No. 1: Malagueña, Op. 21, No. 1

Danza Española No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2

Scarlatescu:

Bagatelle

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

arr. Wilhelmj

Shostakovich:

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 15 in D flat major

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 16 in B flat minor

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 24 in D minor

arr. Tsiganov

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Tailleferre:

Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 1 in C sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Wicks:

Ode to the Desert

Wieniawski:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16


Camilla Wicks (violin)

Upheld by many as a queen amongst her peers, violinist Camilla Wicks led a stellar career in the dozen years following World War II. At the peak of her fame she retired from the concert stage to devote herself to her family. Upon resuming her career she remained an outstanding if intermittent performer for several more decades. Wicks made few commercial recordings besides a famed 1952 performance of the Sibelius Concerto. Now this precious set, spanning five decades and a vast range of repertoire, offers the most comprehensive collection of her concert performances ever likely to be assembled. It offers an in-depth insight into Wicks’ evolution from captivating, devil-may-care young virtuoso to profound interpreter. Music & Arts is pleased to make these great performances available for those who have long wished for Wicks’ discography to be expanded, and to enable a wider audience to be stirred by this extraordinary violinist and artist.

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Ruth Posselt: Legendary Concerto Performances

Ruth Posselt: Legendary Concerto Performances


Arbós:

Tango Op. 6 No. 3

Barber:

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Bloch, E:

Baal Shem

Hill, E B:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 38

Premier Performance 1938

Hindemith:

Sonata for Violin & Piano in E major

Violin Concerto

Khachaturian:

Violin Concerto in D minor

Prokofiev:

Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Villa-Lobos:

Sonate-fantaisie No. 1 for violin & piano, Op. 27 'Désespérance'


Ruth Posselt (violin) Allan Sly (piano)

Florida State Chamber Orchestra, Harvard-Radcliff Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky, Russell Stanger, Richard Burgin

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Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960

Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960


Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Recorded live on 5th November 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Capricorn Concerto

Recorded live on 2nd May 1945

CBS Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Recorded 7th February 1941

Albert Spalding (violin)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Cello Concerto, Op. 22

Recorded 11th December 1950

Zara Nelsova (cello)

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Die Natali, Op. 37

Recorded live on 23rd December 1960

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Dover Beach, Op. 3

Recorded 13th May 1935

Samuel Barber (baritone)

Curtis String Quartet

First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Recorded live on 5th November 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

Recorded live on 16th April 1942

New Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Excursions Op. 20

Recorded 17th November 1950

Rudolf Firkušný (piano)

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Recorded live 19th June 1949

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Medea Orchestral Suite, Op. 23

Recorded 12th December 1950

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Recorded 11th March 1942

Janssen Symphony, Janssen Victor

Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30

Recorded live on 3rd December 1954

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

Recorded live on 28th January 1973

Orlando Cole (cello), Vladimir 'Billy' Sokoloff (piano)

String Quartet, Op. 11

Recorded live on 14th March 1938

Curtis Quartet

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Original version; recorded live 2nd April 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Original version; recorded live on 4th March 1944

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Vanessa

Recorded live on 1st February 1958

Eleanor Steber (Vanessa), Rosalind Elias (Erika), Nicolai Gedda (Anatol), Giorgio Tozzi (The Doctor), Regina Resnik (The Old Baroness), George Cehanovsky (Nicholas), Robert Nagy (Footman)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Revised version; recorded 7th January 1949

Ruth Posselt (violin)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Revised version; recorded live in October 1958

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Edwin Biltcliffe

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Revised version; recorded live on 15th November 1959

Leontyne Price (soprano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Schippers

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Revised version; recorded 12th March 1944

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Revised version; recorded 13th December 1950

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a

Recorded live on 16th March 1958

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Mitropoulos

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Four Songs, Op. 13, No. 4 (Nocturne)

I hear an army

Recorded live on 2nd May 1945

Jennie Tourel (mezzo)

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Commando March

Recorded live on 30th October 1943

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Souvenirs, Op. 28

Recorded on 15th August 1952

Gold & Fizdale Duo

Also includes interviews with Barber and Menotti and rehearsal footage of the Second Symphony (Barber conducting)


An extraordinary collection of Barber performances, most of them never before released. Several major works are included in both their original and revised versions. Newly restored sound.

“A treasure-trove of historic Barber recordings...A real discovery is the broadcast of the Adagio for strings and the First Essay with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini on November 5, 1938. These were the actual sounds that propelled Barber into the front rank of American composers...This set of CDs is a gold mine for anyone wanting to study Barber's revisions and early performances, many of which are not otherwise available.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“this is as wide-ranging an anthology of Barber performances as anyone could wish for… the transfers are consistently excellent and the presentation is superb… Barber was one of the most subtle and individual voices of American twentieth-century music and this box is a magnificent celebration of his very personal art.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6039

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The Art of Gregor Piatigorsky

The Art of Gregor Piatigorsky

Rare 78s, Unissued Studio Recordings, Public Performances & Broadcasts


Includes

Barber:

Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

29th May, 1947

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Artur Schnabel (piano)

Bloch, E:

Suite Hébraïque

23rd January, 1955

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, A. Wallenstein

Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

6th July, 1936

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

Debussy:

Cello Sonata

9th December, 1947

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

10th November, 1940

N.Y. Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, J. Barbirolli

Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

8th June, 1945

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Hindemith:

Cello Concerto (1940)

15th December, 1943

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hindemith

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

10th April, 1949

Philadelphia Orchestra, A. Hilsberg

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

4th April, 1943

N.Y. Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, F. Reiner

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

13th January, 1955

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, A. Wallenstein

and works by Davidov, Popper, Chopin, Massenet, Sarasate, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Glinka, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Moszkowski, Scriabin, Piatigorsky, Boccherini, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Weber


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The present collection offers fascinating insight into the artistry one of the great musicians the twentieth century, the legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976). The recordings in this collection are either previously unissued studio recordings, or if issued, were not widely distributed when they were initially released, or are previously unissued public performances that were only heard when originally broadcast from the concert hall. This material constitutes a significant portion Piatigorsky’s recorded legacy and provides eloquent evidence of his importance in the world of modern cello playing, especially for those who never had the opportunity to hear him live.

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