Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

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Distant Light

Distant Light


Barber:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Bjork:

Virus

Joga

All is Full of Love

arr. Hans Ek

Hillborg:

The Strand Settings

world premiere recording


Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Renée Fleming about the recording here.

‘Distant Light’ is Renée Fleming’s first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. For her first new studio album in three years she has chosen to inspire and provoke with a daring mix of music.

The title comes from a poem in a new song cycle dedicated to Renée and here receiving its world premiere recording: Anders Hillborg’s ‘The Strand Settings’.

"At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling, the work was crafted with Ms. Fleming’s creamy voice in mind”, wrote the New York Times at its first performance in 2013. One of Sweden’s brightest star composers Hillborg has a close relationship with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic where this recording was made in February 2016 with its principal conductor Sakari Oramo.

Renée couples this with three songs by Björk in specially commissioned orchestrations by the brilliant Swedish composer and arranger Hans Ek, recorded here for the first time.

Why Björk? Both she and Renée are recipients of Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. Both dare to be original. In the fascinating booklet interview Renée talks about her admiration for Björk: “Her originality is breathtaking. She just blazes her own path forward”. Renée chooses the songs which mean the most to her personally and musically.

“[Fleming] still commands the creamiest, spine-shiveringly sensuous timbre in the business. That’s evident throughout Knoxville, as is her excellent diction, an area often perceived as her weakness...There’s a much more ghostly, even ominous, atmosphere in Hillborg’s writing.” The Times, 6th January 2017 *****

“At once alluring and uneasy, the songs are a gift for Renée Fleming, whose siren-like soprano draws the listener on to the unknown. The atmosphere is potently captured by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.” Financial Times, 6th January 2017 ****

“As a vehicle for the soaring purity of Fleming’s voice, and as an evocation of Strand’s very finely etched sensibility, Hillborg’s settings are genuinely beautiful and their cumulative effect is powerful...And the three songs by Björk that end the disc don’t seem out of place either.” The Guardian, 11th January 2017 ****

“Fleming obviously relishes the atmospheric music that Hillborg provides for her, and her soprano sails and swoops through the generally wistful and gossamer textures that the orchestration provides” Opera Now, February 2017 ****

“Fleming is in her best voice for Hillborg, sometimes digging into her lower range with great effect but also resorting to breathy mannerisms to characterise awed disbelief at the visions at hand…[she] finds much to connect with in the rhapsodic repetitions of ‘Jóga’. ‘All is Full of Love’ benefits from overdubbing: Fleming seems to be everywhere at once, with rather intoxicated effect” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“[The Strand Settings] already seems a classic with its declamatory vocal ardour, orchestral finesse, and communicative confluence of styles, from tinkling minimalism to a snatch of mock Handel. As she soars upwards on words like ‘stars’ and ‘freedom’ – Hillborg’s not afraid of the obvious – Fleming’s top register seems as golden as ever” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 ****

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Decca - 4830415

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David Curtis conducts Copland, Barber & Gershwin

David Curtis conducts Copland, Barber & Gershwin


Barber:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Capricorn Concerto

Copland:

Quiet City

Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)


April Fredrick (soprano)

Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis

These live recordings showcase the spectacular voice and wonderful musicianship of American soprano April Fredrick whose star is now firmly in the ascendent. Much of this American repertoire is tailor-made for this artist, highlighting her expressive voice and sensitivity.

Somm Céleste - SOMM0118

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Leontyne Price - Samuel Barber

Leontyne Price - Samuel Barber


Barber:

Give Me Some Music (from Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40)

Give me my robe (from Antony and Cleopatra)

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24


RCA - G0100027588034

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Paul Daniel conducts Barber, Berlioz & Britten

Paul Daniel conducts Barber, Berlioz & Britten


Barber:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Britten:

Les illuminations, Op. 18


On the concert platform and on disc, Anne-Catherine Gillet radiates spontaneity, luminosity and enthusiasm in a way that is more than communicative. This outstanding recording of three masterpieces from the vocal repertoire provides an ideal opportunity to verify that. Listening, you will be charmed by the apparent facility, evidence and lightness of her phrasing. Anne-Catherine Gillet literally charms us with her fruity timbre, and it is impossible to remain impervious to the beauty of this new voice, accompanied with brio by the Liège Royal Philharmonic, conducted by one of the most prominent maestros of the lyric world, Paul Daniel. A moment of pure emotion, not to be missed on any account.

“singing her native French, she treats the Berlioz and Britten with a light touch...Gillet and her conductor, Paul Daniel, are at their nest in a well-paced 'Le spectre de la rose', which captures the lilt of the dance to perfection...It is Les illuminations that gets the best performance of the three. The Liege players get some real bite out of the rhythms and Gillet lets her imagination take flight.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“This is a dream of a programme, and the performances by Belgian soprano Anne-Catherine Gillet are enchanting...Her tuning is spot-on, and her stratospheric region – quite frequently explored in this work – sublime...The Liège orchestra’s playing is first class throughout, and Paul Daniel accompanies his singer most sensitively” MusicWeb International, February 2012

“in both Samuel Barber's rapt, nostalgia-drenched setting of James Agee's text in Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and in Britten's treatment of Rimbaud in Les Illuminations, Gillet shows exactly why she has become such a favourite in French and Belgian opera houses. Paul Daniel wraps Barber's instrumental lines around her voice with perfect tact, while in the Britten there's youthful energy and intensity in every phrase.” The Guardian, 22nd December 2011 ***

Aeon - AECD1113

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Barbara Hendricks sings Bach, Barber & Copland

Barbara Hendricks sings Bach, Barber & Copland


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet Nur, betrübte Schatten' (Wedding Cantata)

Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

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

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

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Copland:

Quiet City

Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson


Barbara Hendricks' voice — particularly suited to Mozart, Debussy, Fauré, and the lighter roles of Puccini and Richard Strauss — has a warm, crystalline quality that has kept her in demand on stage and in recording studios. Her performances have embraced everything from contemporary music to popular standards, including songs of Duke Ellington and several world premieres. She has been careful with her choices of repertoire, avoiding roles that would overextend her essentially lyric instrument. Aside from music, she is deeply committed to humanitarian work, with a particular concern for refugees and those in war or poverty zones. She sang a concert in Sarajevo in 1993 while the city was being shelled, in which she had to wear a bulletproof vest and helmet.

Hendricks has appeared on nearly 80 recordings spread over a variety of major labels. Her first of many recordings for EMI was in the small part of the Celestial Voice in Don Carlo in 1978. For nearly twenty years her solo recordings have been made exclusively for EMI Classics.

“This lovely singer is here at her best...she is ideal in the purity and sweetness of her singing.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

Warner Classics - 6293552

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Samuel Barber: Adagio

Samuel Barber: Adagio

100th Anniversary


Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Elmar Oliveira (violin)

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Barbara Hendricks (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Medea's Dance of Vengeance, Op.32a

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Dover Beach, Op. 3

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano), Endellion String Quartet

Piano Sonata, Op. 26

Leon McCawley (piano)

Excursions Op. 20

Leon McCawley (piano)


Warner Classics - 6872862

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Honey and Rue

Honey and Rue


Barber:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Gershwin:

I loves you Porgy (from Porgy and Bess)

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Previn:

Honey and Rue


Kathleen Battle (soprano)

Orchestra Of St Luke's, André Previn

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DG - 4377872

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Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber


Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Barbara Hendricks

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Medea's Dance of Vengeance, Op.32a


Samuel Barber (1910-1981) is best-known today for his Adagio for Strings, which was originally written as the slow movement for an early string quartet, and has become one of most played pieces of classical music. The Adagio was first perfomed in its orchestral form by Toscanini, with the Essay for Orchestra in the same concert. These works are typical of Barber's output, being overtly European in outlook and language.Barber composed music in most genres: two symphonies; concertos for piano, cello and violin, two grand operas; ballets; choral works; chamber music and a great number of songs. This selection of works includes the beautifully reflective Knoxville: Summer 1915, written to a sensitive text from James Agee's unfinished novel A Death in the Family. Also included is the Violin Concerto with it's lovely slow movement and the Overture to a School for Scandal, which was the first of Barber's works to be performed by a major orchestra.

Warner Classics American Classics - 2066252

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The Best of Barber

The Best of Barber


Barber:

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Sylvia McNair

Violin Concerto, Op. 14 - Andante

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Piano Concerto Op. 38 - Canzone

Agnus Dei

Festival Singers, Robert Shaw


Telarc - CD80632

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Copland: Quiet City, etc.

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Four Songs, Op. 13

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Copland:

Quiet City

Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson


Warner Classics Encore - 3452872

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