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Barber: Complete Songs / Hampson, Studer, Browning


Release Date: 01/02/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459506   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl StuderJohn BrowningThomas Hampson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Samuel Barber's songs formed a central part of his output from an early age. They are characterized by natural, unselfconscious lyricism and a highly developed feeling for atmosphere. DG's highly acclaimed two-CD set--originally issued in 1994 and repackaged here at mid-price--is the only compendium of these works you're ever likely to need. It presents all of the songs in chronological order, performed by soprano Cheryl Studer and baritone Thomas Hampson with pianist John Browning. What is probably Barber's best-known vocal setting--Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach--features the Emerson String Quartet.


It would be hard to contemplate any of the songs sung better than they are
Read more here. Studer has the vocal equipment required to deliver Barber's many floating high phrases with complete assurance. Some listeners may feel that Hampson brings an even wider range of expressivity and color, especially evident in the subtlety of his enunciations, made more telling by his outstanding breath control. Studer is no less lacking in conviction, however, and gives particularly bewitching accounts of the earliest of Barber's songs, "A Slumber Song of the Madonna", and of the Op. 29 set of Hermit Songs (a highlight being the atmospheric "Church Bell at Night"). Hampson's Dover Beach, though, is in a class by itself, and the performances of the valedictory James Joyce and Robert Graves settings (Despite and Still Op. 41) are similarly outstanding. If you didn't acquire this classic collection the first time around--don't delay. Get it now. [2/25/2002]
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com


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Works on This Recording

1.
A Slumber Song of the Madonna by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
2.
There's Nae Lark by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
3.
Love at the Door by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
4.
Serenader by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
5.
Love's Caution by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
6.
Night Wanderers by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
7.
Of That So Sweet Imprisonment by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
8.
Strings in the Earth and Air by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
9.
Beggar's Song by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
10.
In the Dark Pinewood by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
11.
Songs (3), Op. 2: no 1, The Daisies by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
12.
Songs (3), Op. 2: no 2, With Rue my Heart is Laden by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
13.
Songs (3), Op. 2: no 3, Bessie Bobtail by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
14.
Songs (3), Op. 10 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
15.
Songs (4), Op. 13 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1940; USA 
16.
Dover Beach, Op. 3 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
17.
Songs (2), Op. 18 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1943; USA 
18.
Nuvoletta, Op. 25 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
19.
Mélodies passagères, Op. 27 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
20.
Hermit Songs, Op. 29 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USA 
21.
Despite and Still, Op. 41 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1969; USA 
22.
Songs (3), Op. 45 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), John Browning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 

Sound Samples

Songs: A Slumber Song Of The Madonna - Moderato
Songs: There's Nae Lark - Moderato
Songs: Love At The Door - Allegro
Songs: Serenades - Andante con moto
Songs: Love's Caution - Moderato
Songs: Night Wanderers
Songs: Of That So Sweet Imprisonment - Con moto
Songs: Strings In The Earth And Air - Moderato
Songs: Beggar's Song - Andante-Allegro moderato
Songs: In The Dark Pinewood - Moderato
Three Songs Opus 2: No.1 The Daisies - Allegretto con grazie
Three Songs Opus 2: No.2 With Rue My Heart Is Laden - Andante cantabile
Three Songs Opus 2: No.3 Bessie Bobtail - Andante un poco mosso - Adagio
Three Songs Op.10: No.1 Rain Has Fallen - Moderato
Three Songs Op.10: No.2 Sleep Now - Andante tranquillo
Three Songs Op.10: No.3 I Hear An Army - Allegro con fuoco
Four Songs Op.13: No.1 A Nun Takes The Veil - Broad and sustained
Four Songs Op.13: No.2 The Secrets Of The Old - Allegro giocoso
Four Songs Op.13: No.3 Sure On This Shining Night - Andante
Four Songs Op.13: No.4 Nocturne - Andante,un poco mosso
Dover Beach Op.3
Two Songs Op.18: The Queen's Face On The Summery Coin -Andante con moto
Two Songs Op.18: Monks And Raisins - Allegro
Nuvoletta Op.25
Melodies passageres Op.27: No.1 Puisque tout passe - Moderato
Melodies passageres Op.27: No.2 Un cygne - Moderato
Melodies passageres Op.27: No.3 Tombeau dans un parc - Lento e sereno
Melodies passageres Op.27: No.4 Le clocher chante - Non troppo allegro
Melodies passageres Op.27: No.5 Depart
Hermit Songs Op.29: 1. At Saint Patrick's Purgatory
Hermit Songs Op.29: 2. Church Bell at Night
Hermit Songs Op.29: 3. St. Ita's Vision
Hermit Songs Op.29: 4. The Heavenly Banquet
Hermit Songs Op.29: 5. The Crucifixion
Hermit Songs Op.29: 6. Sea-Snatch
Hermit Songs Op.29: 7. Promiscuity
Hermit Songs Op.29: 8. The Monk and His Cat
Hermit Songs Op.29: 9. The Praises of God
Hermit Songs Op.29: 10. The Desire for Hermitage
Despite and still Op.41: No.1 A Last Song - Moderato
Despite and still Op.41: No.2 My Lizard - Fast and light
Despite and still Op.41: No.3 In The Wilderness - Flowing
Despite and still Op.41: No.4 Solitary Hotel - Like a rather fast tango in 2
Despite and still Op.41: No.5 Despite and Still - Fast and darkly impassioned
Three Songs Op.45: No.1 Now I Have Fed And Eaten Up The Rose - Moderato
Three Songs Op.45: No.2 A Green Lowland Of Pianos - Allegretto con grazia
Three Songs Op.45: No.3 O Boundless,Boundless Evening - Tranquillo,un poco

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