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Music of Samuel Barber / Slatkin, St. Louis


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49463   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin. Angel CDC 49463 [with Overture to The School for Scandal, Essays for Orchestra Nos. 1-3, Medea’s Dance of Vengeance]

For the essential orchestral pieces of Samuel Barber, Angel’s compilation with Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony is the best currently available. Slatkin’s reading of the Adagio is beautifully built, exactly on the mark. The Essays – works of magnificent craftsmanship in which Barber unerringly balanced the dark, elegiac, and sorrowful with the soaring and triumphant – are powerfully stated, and Medea’s Dance of Vengeance emerges as an orchestral tour de force. The recordings are full, spacious, superbly atmospheric. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to
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Works on This Recording

1.
The School for Scandal Overture, Op. 5 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1988 
Venue:  Powell Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Essay for Orchestra no 1, Op. 12 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1988 
Venue:  Powell Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Essay for Orchestra no 2, Op. 17 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1988 
Venue:  Powell Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Essay for Orchestra no 3, Op. 47 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1978; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1988 
Venue:  Powell Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1988 
Venue:  Powell Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1988 
Venue:  Powell Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 12 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The School for Scandal Overture Op. 5
Adagio for Strings Op. 11
Essay for Orchestra No. 1 Op. 12
Essay for Orchestra No. 2 Op. 17
Essay for Orchestra No. 3 Op. 47
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance Op. 23a: Medea's Dance of Vengeance

Customer Reviews

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 True Genius September 17, 2013 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "Medea appropriately creepy. Performers well attuned to the creators vision." Report Abuse
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