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Barber: Adagio, Symphony No 1, Etc / Zinman, Baltimore So


Release Date: 10/13/1992 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436288   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Rule One of music criticism, as I learned it anyway, was never to use the word “definitive”, if you mean “the best that could ever possibly be.” So I don’t mean it that way in describing this collection; but what I do mean is that David Zinman defines the standard by which all others should be measured. There really is no serious competition for this single disc in terms of comprehensiveness and consistent quality of results, and it gives you virtually all of the most important Barber orchestral works (that aren’t concertos) in one convenient package. The only major missing item is Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, and that’s a smart omission to the extent that it avoids comparison to Munch/Boston which,
Read more if I were a conductor, would scare me.

Consider, then, the works that are included. Start with the Adagio, beautifully flowing and rising to a splendidly intense climax. The School for Scandal never has sounded more vivacious and impulsive (sound sample), while the two essays are magnificent, particularly the closing pages of the thrilling Second Essay. Music for a Scene from Shelley is bursting with late-romantic ripeness, while Zinman’s view of the First Symphony is a model of cogency and intelligent pacing, presenting it as the masterpiece that it surely is. Through it all the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays fabulously, and is equally impressively recorded. Zinman has done some great things, but this effort stands out as singularly outstanding.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
2.
The School for Scandal Overture, Op. 5 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1933; USA 
3.
Essay for Orchestra no 1, Op. 12 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
4.
Music for a Scene from Shelley, Op. 7 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
5.
Essay for Orchestra no 2, Op. 17 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
6.
Symphony no 1, Op. 9 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 

Sound Samples

Adagio For Strings, Op.11
Overture "The School for Scandal", Op.5
First Essay for Orchestra, Op.12
Music for a scene from Shelley, Op.7
Second Essay for Orchestra, Op.17
First Symphony (In One Movement), Op.9: Allegro, ma non troppo
First Symphony (In One Movement), Op.9: Allegro molto
First Symphony (In One Movement), Op.9: Andante tranquilo
First Symphony (In One Movement), Op.9: Con moto

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