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Barber: Music For Solo Piano / Leon Mccawley


Release Date: 07/11/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 45270   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The young British pianist Leon McCawley here offers up the most comprehensive recording of Samuel Barber's piano music. Such a recording is long overdue, for it is high time that music audiences stop limiting themselves to Barber's famous 'Adagio for Strings'--one of his earliest works--and begin to appreciate the astonishing breadth of his talent. Always the adventurous harmonic stylist, refined musical architect, and haunting melodist, Barber shows himself to be a highly individual miniaturist in the jaunty 'Excursions' and the thoroughly charming 'Souvenirs' as well as a master of large forms in the technically daunting Sonata. McCawley's powerful performance of this latter work invites comparison with the great Vladimir Horowitz, for Read more whom the Sonata was composed. Surprisingly, McCawley's interpretation escapes the clutches of the Russian master, and his fleet-fingered performance of the second movement breaks new interpretative ground. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 33 "Homage to John Field" by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
2.
Excursions (4) for Piano, Op. 20 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1944; USA 
3.
Ballade for Piano, Op. 46 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
4.
Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
5.
Interludes (2) for Piano by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; USA 
6.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 

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