Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, Et Al

Release Date: 11/9/2004
Label: Chandos
Catalog Number: CHSA 5032(2)
Composer: Samuel Barber
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Samuel Barber's 'Vanessa' has long been in need of reconsideration. The Pulitzer Prize-winning opera is a remarkable study of sex, delusion and disillusionment. Enthusiastically received at its start-studded premiere (the director was Gian Carlo Menotti; the designer, Cecil Baeton; the conductor, Dmitri Mitropolous and the tenor part of Anatol was taken by the young Nicolai Gedda), it sparked controversy - some reckoned that the score, undeniably influenced by Puccini and Strauss, was too European to be a model for contemporary American opera. Leonard Slatkin is one of the greatest champions of the works of Samuel Barber. He conducted an all-star concert performance of 'Vanessa' at the Barbican last year - one of the few performances of the work ever to be staged in the UK, and the only one to assemble the calibre of cast worthy of this work. It received extraordinary reviews. It was from this concert that this recording is taken.
Works on This Recording
1. Vanessa, Op. 32 by Samuel Barber
Performer: Simon Birchall (Bass Baritone), Neal Davies (Bass Baritone), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano), William Burden (Tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (Bass), Christine Brewer (Soprano)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
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