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Barber: Violin & Piano Concertos / McDuffie, Parker

Release Date: 02/27/1997 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80441   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Performer:  Robert McDuffieJon Kimura Parker
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc offers a unique coupling of two of Samuel Barber’s finest works in excellent performances. Robert McDuffie delivers a satisfyingly heartfelt rendition of Barber’s Violin Concerto, one that brings to light many of the score’s beauties. This, combined with Yoel Levi’s passionate conducting makes McDuffie’s version preeminently recommendable–that is, until you hear Hilary Hahn’s ravishing and deeply probing account on Sony, which must take pride of place. Jon Kimura Parker offers a sharply focused, intense reading of the Piano Concerto, and while his does not have the authoritative air of dedicatee John Browning in his recording with Leonard Slatkin, Parker compensates with a youthful daring absent from the elder statesman’s later Read more reading. Barber’s Souvenirs appears here in its full orchestra version (Browning and Slatkin recorded the two-piano original on their RCA disc), allowing us to delight in these whimsical dances from an enlarged perspective. Throughout it all the Atlanta Symphony supplies top-notch playing, and Telarc’s recording is up to its usual vividly realistic standard.

-- Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Concerto for Piano, Op. 38 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Jon Kimura Parker (Piano)
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Enjoy the fun January 23, 2019 By Keith Anderson (Kingston, TAS) See All My Reviews "The two concertos on this CD are suitably popular and enjoyable. I have only one other CD with the concertos, that by Leonard Slatkin, and that seems to have become unavailable, so this could possibly be the best available. The sound is an example of the excellence that made Telarc famous in the 1970s: the bass is very generous and the treble is very pure, and the result is honest and musical and would please Barber. Although the cello concerto might have been a more appropriate filler, the Souvenirs provide delightful variety while being suitably compatible." Report Abuse
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