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Barber / Schippers, New York Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/14/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62837   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberGian Carlo MenottiAlban BergVincent D'Indy
Performer:  Martina Arroyo
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicColumbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection is intended more as a memorial to the remarkable gifts of Thomas Schippers (1930-77) than as an anomalously filled-out anthology of music by Samuel Barber. But it could hardly avoid being the latter as well: among conductors Schippers was Barber’s pre-eminent interpreter in the latter part of both their lives, and his rhetorical, impassioned, even rather wild eloquence demonstrates how much of that quality is to be found in Barber himself, unrevealed by more temperate interpretations. Indeed, if you wanted to make a case for Barber’s orchestral music, as a corrective to the widespread current view that the best of him is to be found in his songs, you could scarcely do better than with this disc. Even the Adagio is richer, Read more much more intensely emotional than usual, while Andromache’s Farewell (with Arroyo in vibrantly exciting voice) has an almost expressionist vehemence to it. Medea’s Dance of Vengeance also receives an unsparingly eloquent, full-throated reading, and Schippers finds turbulent passion as well as nimble neo-classical qualities in the Second Essay. Barber’s music is neither miniature nor urbane in these readings, but troubled, dark, at times nobly tragic.

As you might imagine, the interlude from Wozzeck is almost overwrought in its histrionic eloquence, but d’Indy’s prelude suggests that Schippers’s gifts were not narrow: he sees how Wagnerian this music is, but underlines also its characteristically French sobriety and economy of means. The recordings are brilliant, with an impressive dynamic range but a tendency to highlight wind soloists. As a tribute to the most gifted American conductor of his generation it is striking and impressive.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [6/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/26/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/02/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Essay for Orchestra no 2, Op. 17 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/02/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
The School for Scandal Overture, Op. 5 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/26/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Andromache's Farewell, Op. 39 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1963 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 12 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Vanessa, Op. 32: Intermezzo by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Amelia Goes to the Ball: Overture by Gian Carlo Menotti
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/03/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Wozzeck, Op. 7: Act 3 - Interlude by Alban Berg
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Fervaal, Op. 40: Prelude by Vincent D'Indy
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; France 
Date of Recording: 04/03/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Medea's Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
Adagio for Strings
Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5
Andromache's Farewell, Op. 39 (from The Trojan Women by Euripides)
Intermezzo from Act II of Vanessa, Op. 32
Amelia al ballo: Overture
Interlude from Act III of Wozzek
Introduction to Fervaal, Op.40

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The best Barber Ever ! September 9, 2014 By Joseph  Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "This is by far the best disc of Barber pieces I own to date. This is due to the superior conducting and interpretation of Thomas Schippers. He brings everything out of the music with the New York Philharmonic that Barber put into it. Martina Arroyo does full credit to the solo aria and delivers it with sensitivity, power and pathos. What a shame that Schippers died so young. The world lost a super talent in his gifts." Report Abuse
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