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Menotti, Barber: Violin Concerti / Ricci, Clark, Pacific Sym


Release Date: 12/17/1993 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 45   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gian Carlo MenottiSamuel Barber
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

" The Menotti was premiered by Efrem Zimbalist on 5/6 December 1952 with the Philadelphia conducted by Ormandy. It is an aristocratically romantic work with not a hint of over-the-top romance...The romanticism is flowingly done by Ricci..If you like romantic violin concertos (Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Barber, Ivanovs, Karlowicz) you are seriously missing out if you do not hear this. A classic of the twentieth century. The technical side is lovingly handled by Reference Recordings who clearly relished Ricci's mesmerically detailed approach... The musical and technical quality is however undeniable. This will be the connoisseurs' recording of choice in years to come. A sleeper in relation to the Barber and an enduring hit in the case of the Read more unfairly neglected Menotti." - MusicWeb International

" Any new recording of Menotti’s 1952 Violin Concerto...will not escape comparison to the classic recording with Ruggiero Ricci, Keith Clark, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra" - FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in A minor by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1983 
Venue:  Santa Ana High School Auditorium, CA 
Length: 27 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1983 
Venue:  Santa Ana High School Auditorium, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in A minor: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in A minor: III. Allegro vivace
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: II. Andante
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: III. Presto in moto perpetuo

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