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Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960

Albert Spalding (violin), Zara Nelsova (cello), Samuel Barber (baritone), Rudolf Firkušný (piano), Eileen Farrell (soprano), Orlando Cole (cello), Vladimir 'Billy' Sokoloff (piano), Eleanor Steber (Vanessa), Rosalind Elias (Erika), Nicolai Gedda (Anatol), Giorgio Tozzi (The Doctor), Regina Resnik...

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... More…

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Barber: Vanessa

1:58:43
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Giorgio Tozzi (bass), Regina Resnik (mezzo-soprano), Eleanor Steber (soprano), George Cehanovsky (baritone), Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
  • Recorded: 01 February 1958
  • Recording Venue: New York

Act I: Potage creme aux perles (Erika)

3:52

Act I: No, I cannot understand (Vanessa)

5:10

Act I: Must the winter come so soon? (Erika)

2:22
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Act I: Listen! … they are here (Erika)

1:39

Act I: Do not utter a word, Anatol (Vanessa)

5:00

Act I: Yes, I believe I shall love you (Anatol)

2:01

Act I: Who are you? (Erika)

5:58

Act II: And then? (Baroness)

4:50

Act II: No, you are not as good a skater… (Vanessa)

3:12

Act II: Under the willow tree (Doctor)

2:31

Act II: Erika, I am so happy (Vanessa)

1:17

Act II: Our arms entwined

4:11

Act II: Did you hear her? (Erika)

4:19

Act II: Outside this house the world has changed (Anatol)

5:42

Act II: Orchestral Interlude - Hymn

4:45

Act III: The Count and Countess d'Albany (Baroness)

3:11

Act III: I should never have been a doctor (Doctor)

3:12

Act III: Here you are! (Vanessa)

1:31

Act III: At last I've found you (Anatol)

6:24

Act III: Nothing to worry about (Doctor)

6:47

Act III: Why did no one warn me? (Vanessa)

4:29

Act III: Why must the greatest sorrows (Vanessa)

2:10

Act III Scene 1: There, look! (Doctor)

5:44

Act III: Anatol, tell me the truth! (Vanessa)

1:02

Act IV: Take me away

1:31

Act III: Grandmother! - Yes, Erika (Erika)

2:35

Act III: Intermezzo

3:14

Act III: By the time we arrive (Anatol)

1:41

Act III: For every love there is a last farewell (Doctor)

2:31

Act III: And you, my friend (Vanessa)

6:13

Act IV: Quintet: To leave, to break

3:45

Act III: Goodbye, be happy, Aunt Vanessa (Erika)

5:54
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Barber: Medea Orchestral Suite, Op. 23

23:58
  • New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 12 December 1950
  • Recording Venue: Kingsway Hall, London

I. Parodos

2:26

II. Choros: Medea and Jason - III. The Young Princess, Jason

7:02

IV. Choros

3:05

V. Medea

6:07

VI. Kantikos Agonias

2:35

VII. Exodos

2:43

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

12:52
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Recorded: 16 March 1958
  • Recording Venue: Carnegie Hall

Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

8:13
  • Los Angeles Janssen Symphony Orchestra
  • Werner Janssen
  • Recorded: 11 March 1942

The School for Scandal, Op. 5

8:13

Barber: Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

20:07
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Artur Rodzinski
  • Recorded: 02 April 1938
  • Recording Venue: Studio 8H

I. Allegro ma non troppo

7:23

II. Allegro molto

3:23

III. Andante tranquillo

5:16

IV. Con moto

4:05

Barber: Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (revised version)

19:25
  • New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Bruno Walter
  • Recorded: 12 March 1944
  • Recording Venue: Carnegie Hall

I. Allegro ma non troppo

6:40

II. Allegro molto

4:28

III. Andante tranquillo

4:28

IV. Con moto

3:49

Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

7:05
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Recorded: 05 November 1938
  • Recording Venue: Studio 8H

Barber: First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

8:01
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Recorded: 05 November 1938
  • Recording Venue: Studio 8H

Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

11:07
  • New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Bruno Walter
  • Recorded: 16 April 1942
  • Recording Venue: Carnegie Hall

Barber: Commando March

3:47
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sergey Koussevitzky
  • Recorded: 30 October1943
  • Recording Venue: Boston Symphony Hall
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Barber: Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

26:36
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sergey Koussevitzky
  • Recorded: 04 March 1944
  • Recording Venue: Boston Symphony Hall

I. Allegro ma non troppo

11:23

II. Andante, un poco mosso

8:17

III. Presto, senza battuta

6:56

Barber: Symphony No. 2, Op. 19 (revised version)

52:25
  • New Symphony Orchestra of London, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 13 December 1950
  • Recording Venue: Kingsway Hall, London

I. Allegro ma non troppo

10:28

II. Andante, un poco mosso

7:35

III. Presto, senza battuta - Poco sostenuto - Allegro risoluto - Allegro molto

8:46

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19 (revised version)

25:36

Barber: Die Natali, Op. 37

19:38
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Munch
  • Recorded: 23 December 1960
  • Recording Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston

Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30

18:26
  • Boston Cecilia Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Munch
  • Leontyne Price (soprano), Jean Kraft (mezzo-soprano), Edward Munro (tenor)
  • Recorded: 03 December 1954
  • Recording Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston

No. 1. O Thou Who art unchangeable

5:05

No. 2. Lord Jesus christ, who suffered all life long

2:58

No. 3. Faher in Heaven, well we know that it is Thou

4:58

No. 4. Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us

5:25

Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14

22:33
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Eugene Ormandy
  • Albert Spalding (violin)
  • Recorded: 07 February 1941
  • Recording Venue: The Academy of Music, Philadelphia

I. Allegro

10:14

II. Andante

8:00

III. Presto in moto perpetuo

4:19

Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 (revised version)

24:08
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sergey Koussevitzky
  • Ruth Posselt (violin)
  • Recorded: 07 January 1949
  • Recording Venue: Boston, Symphony Hall

I. Allegro

10:29

II. Andante

9:36

III. Presto in moto perpetuo

4:03

Barber: Capricorn Concerto

13:54
  • CBS Studio Orchestra
  • Samuel Barber
  • Julius Baker (flute), Mitchell Miller (oboe), Harry Freistadt (trumpet)
  • Recorded: 02 May 1945

I. Allegro ma non troppo

6:35

II. Allegretto

2:49

III. Allegro con brio

4:30

Barber: Cello Concerto, Op. 22

27:28
  • New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Samuel Barber
  • Zara Nelsova (cello)
  • Recorded: 11 December 1950
  • Recording Venue: Kingsway Hall, London

I. Allegro moderato

11:32

II. Andante sostenuto

6:50

III. Molto allegro e appassionato

9:06

Spoken introduction by Orlando Cole

0:56
  • Orlando Cole (narrator)
  • Recorded: 28 January 1973
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

Barber: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

18:42
  • Orlando Cole (cello)
  • Recorded: 28 January 1973
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

I. Allegro ma non troppo

8:48

II. Adagio

4:03

III. Allegro appassionata

5:51

Barber: String Quartet, Op. 11

21:06
  • Curtis Quartet
  • Recorded: 14 March 1938
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

I. Molto allegro e appassionato

9:06

II. Adagio

7:06

III. Molto allegro - Presto

4:54

Barber: Excursions Op. 20

10:32
  • Rudolf Firkusny (piano)
  • Recorded: 17 November 1950
  • Recording Venue: Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York

I. Un poco allegro

2:46

II. In slow blues tempo

3:32

III. Allegretto

2:23

IV. Exuberant and joyous barn dance

1:51

Barber: Souvenirs, Op. 28

16:57
  • Arthur Gold (piano), Robert Fizdale (piano)
  • Recorded: 15 August 1952

I. Tempo di Waltz

3:38

II. Schottisch

2:08

III. Adagio

4:16

IV. Two-Step

1:40

V. Hesitation Tango

3:06

VI. Galop

2:09

 Excerpt, Barber: Dover Beach, Op. 3

7:57
  • Curtis Quartet
  • Samuel Barber (baritone)
  • Recorded: 13 May 1935

Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

47:19
  • CBS Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic
  • Bernard Herrmann, Thomas Schippers
  • Eileen Farrell (soprano), Eleanor Steber (soprano), Edward Biltcliffe (piano)
  • Recorded: 19 June 1949

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

17:01

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

15:32

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

14:46

Barber: 4 Songs, Op. 13 (text by J. Agee and F. Prokosch)

5:52
  • CBS Studio Orchestra
  • Samuel Barber
  • Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano)
  • Recorded: 02 May 1945

No. 3. Sure on this shining night

2:12

No. 4. Nocturne

3:40

Barber: Three Songs, Op. 10

2:35
  • CBS Studio Orchestra
  • Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano)

3 Songs, Op. 10: No. 3. I hear an army

2:35

Statement by Gian Carlo Menotti

5:58
  • Gian Carlo Menotti (narrator)
  • Recorded: 09 March 1980
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Institue concert, Philadelphia

Interview with Samuel Barber by James Fassett

9:39
  • Samuel Barber (narrator), James Fassett (narrator)
  • Recorded: 16 March 1958
  • Recording Venue: New york Philharmonic concert intermission
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