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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

(CD - 8 discs)

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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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Koussevitzky conducts Tchaikovsky

Koussevitzky conducts Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Recorded 1943-1946

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Serge Koussevitzky Conducts Music From Russia

Serge Koussevitzky Conducts Music From Russia


Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

(live recording 31/03/1945)

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70

(live recording 10/08/1946)

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

(live recording 10/08/1946)


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Serge Koussevitzky conducts Brahms

Serge Koussevitzky conducts Brahms


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Warning: These performances were originally recorded on broadcast transcription discs which had limited fidelity, surface-noise, clicks, pops and other imperfections, some of which could not be eliminated in the digital transfer process.

Technical reconstruction (2002) by Maggs Payne

Previously unreleased live performances, 1944-46

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