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Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960

Albert Spalding (violin), Zara Nelsova (cello), Samuel Barber (baritone), Rudolf Firkušný (piano), Eileen Farrell (soprano), Orlando Cole (cello), Vladimir 'Billy' Sokoloff (piano), Eleanor Steber (Vanessa), Rosalind Elias (Erika), Nicolai Gedda (Anatol), Giorgio Tozzi (The Doctor), Regina Resnik...

A treasure-trove of historic Barber recordings...A real discovery is the broadcast of the Adagio for strings and the First Essay with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini on November 5, 1938. These... More…

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Contents

Barber: Vanessa

Work length1:58:43
  • Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Giorgio Tozzi (bass), Regina Resnik (mezzo-soprano), Eleanor Steber (soprano), George Cehanovsky (baritone), Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Recorded: 01 February 1958
  • Recording Venue: New York

Act I: Potage creme aux perles (Erika)

Track length3:52

Act I: No, I cannot understand (Vanessa)

Track length5:10

Act I: Must the winter come so soon? (Erika)

Track length2:22

Act I: Listen! … they are here (Erika)

Track length1:39

Act I: Do not utter a word, Anatol (Vanessa)

Track length5:00

Act I: Yes, I believe I shall love you (Anatol)

Track length2:01

Act I: Who are you? (Erika)

Track length5:58

Act II: And then? (Baroness)

Track length4:50

Act II: No, you are not as good a skater… (Vanessa)

Track length3:12

Act II: Under the willow tree (Doctor)

Track length2:31

Act II: Erika, I am so happy (Vanessa)

Track length1:17

Act II: Our arms entwined

Track length4:11

Act II: Did you hear her? (Erika)

Track length4:19

Act II: Outside this house the world has changed (Anatol)

Track length5:42

Act II: Orchestral Interlude - Hymn

Track length4:45

Act III: The Count and Countess d'Albany (Baroness)

Track length3:11

Act III: I should never have been a doctor (Doctor)

Track length3:12

Act III: Here you are! (Vanessa)

Track length1:31

Act III: At last I've found you (Anatol)

Track length6:24

Act III: Nothing to worry about (Doctor)

Track length6:47

Act III: Why did no one warn me? (Vanessa)

Track length4:29

Act III: Why must the greatest sorrows (Vanessa)

Track length2:10

Act III Scene 1: There, look! (Doctor)

Track length5:44

Act III: Anatol, tell me the truth! (Vanessa)

Track length1:02

Act IV: Take me away

Track length1:31

Act III: Grandmother! - Yes, Erika (Erika)

Track length2:35

Act III: Intermezzo

Track length3:14

Act III: By the time we arrive (Anatol)

Track length1:41

Act III: For every love there is a last farewell (Doctor)

Track length2:31

Act III: And you, my friend (Vanessa)

Track length6:13

Act IV: Quintet: To leave, to break

Track length3:45

Act III: Goodbye, be happy, Aunt Vanessa (Erika)

Track length5:54

Barber: Medea Orchestral Suite, Op. 23

Work length23:58
  • New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 12 December 1950
  • Recording Venue: Kingsway Hall, London

I. Parodos

Track length2:26

II. Choros: Medea and Jason - III. The Young Princess, Jason

Track length7:02

IV. Choros

Track length3:05

V. Medea

Track length6:07

VI. Kantikos Agonias

Track length2:35

VII. Exodos

Track length2:43

Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a

Work length12:52
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Recorded: 16 March 1958
  • Recording Venue: Carnegie Hall

Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Work length8:13
  • Los Angeles Janssen Symphony Orchestra
  • Werner Janssen
  • Recorded: 11 March 1942

The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Track length8:13

Barber: Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Work length20:07
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Artur Rodzinski
  • Recorded: 02 April 1938
  • Recording Venue: Studio 8H

I. Allegro ma non troppo

Track length7:23

II. Allegro molto

Track length3:23

III. Andante tranquillo

Track length5:16

IV. Con moto

Track length4:05

Barber: Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (revised version)

Work length19:25
  • New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Bruno Walter
  • Recorded: 12 March 1944
  • Recording Venue: Carnegie Hall

I. Allegro ma non troppo

Track length6:40

II. Allegro molto

Track length4:28

III. Andante tranquillo

Track length4:28

IV. Con moto

Track length3:49

Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Work length7:05
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Recorded: 05 November 1938
  • Recording Venue: Studio 8H

Barber: First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Work length8:01
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Recorded: 05 November 1938
  • Recording Venue: Studio 8H

Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

Work length11:07
  • New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Bruno Walter
  • Recorded: 16 April 1942
  • Recording Venue: Carnegie Hall

Barber: Commando March

Work length3:47
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sergey Koussevitzky
  • Recorded: 30 October1943
  • Recording Venue: Boston Symphony Hall

Barber: Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Work length26:36
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sergey Koussevitzky
  • Recorded: 04 March 1944
  • Recording Venue: Boston Symphony Hall

I. Allegro ma non troppo

Track length11:23

II. Andante, un poco mosso

Track length8:17

III. Presto, senza battuta

Track length6:56

Barber: Symphony No. 2, Op. 19 (revised version)

Work length52:25
  • New Symphony Orchestra of London, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 13 December 1950
  • Recording Venue: Kingsway Hall, London

I. Allegro ma non troppo

Track length10:28

II. Andante, un poco mosso

Track length7:35

III. Presto, senza battuta - Poco sostenuto - Allegro risoluto - Allegro molto

Track length8:46

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19 (revised version)

Track length25:36

Barber: Die Natali, Op. 37

Work length19:38
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Munch
  • Recorded: 23 December 1960
  • Recording Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston

Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30

Work length18:26
  • Leontyne Price (soprano), Jean Kraft (mezzo-soprano), Edward Munro (tenor)
  • Boston Cecilia Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Munch
  • Recorded: 03 December 1954
  • Recording Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston

No. 1. O Thou Who art unchangeable

Track length5:05

No. 2. Lord Jesus christ, who suffered all life long

Track length2:58

No. 3. Faher in Heaven, well we know that it is Thou

Track length4:58

No. 4. Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us

Track length5:25

Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Work length22:33
  • Albert Spalding (violin)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Eugene Ormandy
  • Recorded: 07 February 1941
  • Recording Venue: The Academy of Music, Philadelphia

I. Allegro

Track length10:14

II. Andante

Track length8:00

III. Presto in moto perpetuo

Track length4:19

Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 (revised version)

Work length24:08
  • Ruth Posselt (violin)
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sergey Koussevitzky
  • Recorded: 07 January 1949
  • Recording Venue: Boston, Symphony Hall

I. Allegro

Track length10:29

II. Andante

Track length9:36

III. Presto in moto perpetuo

Track length4:03

Barber: Capricorn Concerto

Work length13:54
  • Julius Baker (flute), Mitchell Miller (oboe), Harry Freistadt (trumpet)
  • CBS Studio Orchestra
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 02 May 1945

I. Allegro ma non troppo

Track length6:35

II. Allegretto

Track length2:49

III. Allegro con brio

Track length4:30

Barber: Cello Concerto, Op. 22

Work length27:28
  • Zara Nelsova (cello)
  • New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 11 December 1950
  • Recording Venue: Kingsway Hall, London

I. Allegro moderato

Track length11:32

II. Andante sostenuto

Track length6:50

III. Molto allegro e appassionato

Track length9:06

Spoken introduction by Orlando Cole

Work length0:56
  • Orlando Cole (narrator)
  • Recorded: 28 January 1973
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

Barber: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

Work length18:42
  • Orlando Cole (cello)
  • Recorded: 28 January 1973
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

I. Allegro ma non troppo

Track length8:48

II. Adagio

Track length4:03

III. Allegro appassionata

Track length5:51

Barber: String Quartet, Op. 11

Work length21:06
  • Curtis Quartet
  • Recorded: 14 March 1938
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

I. Molto allegro e appassionato

Track length9:06

II. Adagio

Track length7:06

III. Molto allegro - Presto

Track length4:54

Barber: Excursions Op. 20

Work length10:32
  • Rudolf Firkusny (piano)
  • Recorded: 17 November 1950
  • Recording Venue: Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York

I. Un poco allegro

Track length2:46

II. In slow blues tempo

Track length3:32

III. Allegretto

Track length2:23

IV. Exuberant and joyous barn dance

Track length1:51

Barber: Souvenirs, Op. 28

Work length16:57
  • Arthur Gold (piano), Robert Fizdale (piano)
  • Recorded: 15 August 1952

I. Tempo di Waltz

Track length3:38

II. Schottisch

Track length2:08

III. Adagio

Track length4:16

IV. Two-Step

Track length1:40

V. Hesitation Tango

Track length3:06

VI. Galop

Track length2:09

Barber: Dover Beach, Op. 3

Work length7:57
  • Samuel Barber (baritone)
  • Curtis Quartet
  • Recorded: 13 May 1935

Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Work length47:19
  • Eileen Farrell (soprano), Eleanor Steber (soprano), Edward Biltcliffe (piano)
  • CBS Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic
  • Bernard Herrmann, Thomas Schippers
  • Recorded: 19 June 1949

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Track length17:01

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Track length15:32

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Track length14:46

 Excerpt, Barber: Four Songs, Op. 13

Work length5:52
  • Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano)
  • CBS Studio Orchestra
  • Samuel Barber
  • Recorded: 02 May 1945

No. 3. Sure on this shining night

Track length2:12

No. 4. Nocturne

Track length3:40

Barber: Three Songs, Op. 10

Work length2:35
  • Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano)
  • CBS Studio Orchestra

3 Songs, Op. 10: No. 3. I hear an army

Track length2:35

Statement by Gian Carlo Menotti

Work length5:58
  • Gian Carlo Menotti (narrator)
  • Recorded: 09 March 1980
  • Recording Venue: Curtis Institue concert, Philadelphia

Interview with Samuel Barber by James Fassett

Work length9:39
  • Samuel Barber (narrator), James Fassett (narrator)
  • Recorded: 16 March 1958
  • Recording Venue: New york Philharmonic concert intermission