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American Classics - Barber: String Quartet, Serenade, Songs / Allen, Endellion Quartet

Samuel Barber: Works / Various
Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 95232   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas AllenRoger VignolesBradley MooreEric Cutler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although he wrote two large scale operas, two symphonies and a concerto each for violin, cello and piano, the majority of Barber's compositions were on a much smaller scale. This collection of songs and chamber pieces contains some of his earliest work, dating from 1928 to 1940, with two groups of songs from 1968 and 1972 respectively. The Adagio movement of the String Quartet from 1936 has, in its version for string orchestra, become one of the most popular works by an American composer. Here is an opportunity to hear it as Barber originally intended, and the intimacy brought to it by a smaller ensemble lends it a greater intensity. Barber was a fine composer for the voice and his output of songs was prolific. Dover Beach, to words by Read more Matthew Arnold, is one of Barber's finest compositions and it is beautifully sung here by Thomas Allen. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dover Beach, Op. 3 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Allen (), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Serenade for Strings, Op. 1 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Songs (3), Op. 2 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Thomas Allen ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1934; USA 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Songs (3), Op. 10 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Thomas Allen ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Songs (4), Op. 13: no 3, Sure on this Shining Night by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Allen (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Songs (3), Op. 45 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Thomas Allen ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings in B minor, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 18 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Despite and Still, Op. 41 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Bradley Moore (Piano), Eric Cutler (), Eric Cutler (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1969; USA 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, Eng 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Songs (4), Op. 13: no 4, Nocturne by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Allen (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Hidden Gems August 9, 2013 By Gordon C. (Rocklin, CA) See All My Reviews "I purchased this disc mainly for the quartet, whose slow movement became the Adagio for Strings. However, I find I liked the songs at least as much. the Op. 2 set is reminiscent of Vaughan Williams' early songs, and this opus includes a setting of one of the Housman poems VW used in On Wenlock Edge. The late songs on this collection are just as interesting, showing how Barber stuck with his basic romanticism into the 1960's and 70's, and giving the lie to what one sometimes hears about Barber, that his work declined in his later years." Report Abuse
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