Started by Szykneij, August 13, 2007, 06:50:40 AM
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Quote from: Szykniej on August 13, 2007, 06:50:40 AMI also admire his violin concerto and wonder if anyone can recommend their favorite recordings. I have the Isaac Stern version with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.
Quote from: bhodges on August 13, 2007, 12:10:12 PMBarber wrote some of my favorite pieces of music, e.g., Knoxville and the Violin Concerto. For the former, I think Dawn Upshaw is just about ideal in the piece. I've heard Leontyne Price, and she's very good, but Upshaw's voice seems a lighter, better fit for the material.
Quote from: sound67 on August 13, 2007, 12:20:52 PMI heard the piece live with buxom (ok, fat) American soprano Christine Brewer at last year's Proms. Very fine performance, indeed.Dawn Upshaw fits the bill real nice, too.
Quote from: bhodges on August 13, 2007, 12:10:12 PMBarber wrote some of my favorite pieces of music, e.g., Knoxville and the Violin Concerto. For the former, I think Dawn Upshaw is just about ideal in the piece. I've heard Leontyne Price, and she's very good, but Upshaw's voice seems a lighter, better fit for the material.For the concerto, the one I first heard (and still love) is with Elmar Oliveira, Slatkin and St. Louis (originally coupled with Hanson's Symphony No. 4). But Hilary Hahn's is excellent (I haven't listened much to the Meyer coupling). This is a good reminder that I need to replace an old LP of Barber's works conducted by Thomas Schippers. It was my favorite version of the Adagio, and the first time I ever heard Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, as well as the Second Essay - wonderful works, all of them. You don't see him programmed very much these days...Oh and I did see a videotape of a performance of Antony and Cleopatra by the Lyric Opera of Chicago (1991, I believe) and have it lying around here somewhere. I don't recall thinking it was "awful" by any means, but I've only heard it that one time.--Bruce
Quote from: Guido on February 25, 2008, 03:29:39 PM The piano concerto is much better done by Browning (ne of my all time favourite recordings)
Quote from: just josh on February 25, 2008, 12:45:21 PMmmmhhhh Knoxville: Summer of 1915 my favourite Barber About the violin concerto-- I forget the violinist who originally commissioned the work, but the violinist was extremely disappointed with the first two movements-- not very "show off" material, and he griped to Barber about it. So Barber ended up writing that dizzying finale and then the violinist complained that it was unplayable. I forget if Barber actually got the commission money, but he found another violinist to premiere the work. LOL
Quote from: Guido on February 25, 2008, 03:29:39 PMThe cello concerto on Naxos with Wendy Warner is easily the finest on record - I wrote a load on this on the old board and feel to demoralized to type it all again. Trust me on this one!
Quote from: drogulus on February 26, 2008, 02:41:07 PM This disc is well worth it for the inclusion of all three Essays, as well as the Adagio and School for Scandal Overture. You could do worse than start a Barber collection here:
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