Barber: Orchestral Works Volume 5

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Barber: Orchestral Works Volume 5

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - June 2004

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559134
(8.559134)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th March 2004

Barcode:

0636943913420

Length:

56 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Barber: Orchestral Works Volume 5


Barber, S:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Toccata Festiva, Op. 36

Third Essay for Orchestra, Op. 47

Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17


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Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Samuel Barber: Second Essay, Op. 17

Second Essay, Op. 17

Samuel Barber: Third Essay, Op. 47

Third Essay, Op. 47

Samuel Barber: Toccata festiva, Op. 36

Toccata festiva, Op. 36

Gramophone Magazine

“Ravishing. … One of the finest versions of Knoxville to date. … Alsop’s ear-opening Barber series reaches a new high-point with this instalment. Strongly recommended.”

The Times

“Another 20th-century milestone for voice and orchestra arrives... Karina Gauvin is quite a voice: commanding, penetrating, with a burnished colour... The Royal Scottish National Orchestra flares up to match... Alsop Conducts beautifully.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Karina Gauvin and Marin Alsop take a nostalgic view of Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Theirs is an adult's bittersweet reminiscence rather than a child's innocent view. The outer sections sway slowly, the phrases longingly caressed as if soprano and orchestra were loath to let them go.
Gauvin sings smoothly, generally emphasising song over text, though she's alive to James Agee's fragrant imagery, and varies the colour of her voice appropriately. With deeply expressive playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the result is ravishing; this is one of the finest versions of Knoxville to date.
Alsop's tautly argued Second Essay is equally satisfying. She resists the temptation to stretch the tempo at climactic moments, creating a strong sense of momentum; you're swept along by the music's powerful current.
Knoxville and the Essays pack a nice sonic punch. If only Thomas Trotter's brilliant execution of the solo organ part in the Toccata Festiva were recorded with greater presence than the acoustic of Paisley Abbey allows. The Toccata may not be top-drawer Barber, but it has its moments. Nevertheless, Alsop's ear-opening Barber series reaches a new high-point with this instalment. Strongly recommended.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“Alsop's reading [of Knoxville] brings out the contrasts between the different sections more sharply than usual...superbly played and recorded.”

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