- Audio CD (March 17 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000003D25
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. I. Allegro|
|2. II. Andante|
|3. III. Presto In Moto Perpetuo|
|4. I. Waltz (The Lobby)|
|5. II. Schottische (Third Floor Hallway)|
|6. III. Pas De Deux (A Corner Of The Ballroom)|
|7. IV. Two-Step (Tea In The Palm Court)|
|8. V. Hesitation Tango (A Bedroom Affair)|
|9. VI. Galop - Coda (The Next Afternoon)|
|10. I. Allegro Appassionata|
|11. II. Canzone|
|12. III. Allegro Molto|
One of the highlights in this performance is the second movement. On top of being the greatest performance on the violin, the oboe soloist in the beginning of this movement produces the most georgous oboe solo I have ever heard in any recording of this piece. If any oboe solo can put a tear in my eye, this would be the one. Bravo to the principal oboist of the ASO and Robert McDuffie!!! An intense and emotional performance!!!
His ballet 'Souveneirs' is a comical satire on the era of silent movies and is a collection of popular dances, such as a waltz, tango, pas de deux, two step, etc. It is an attractively easy-going, somewhat jazzy work that just about anyone would like.
The piano concerto is a very modernistic work, but Barber still doesn't stray to far from his romantic voice. Except in the ethereal middle movement, we are confronted with a restless violence that gives an unprepared listener little breathing room, but it is nonetheless a wholly accessible work.
1) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, OP 14. 2) The "Souvenirs" ballet. 3) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, OP 38.
Barber is a "modern" composer, but because of his background as a singer, a very tonal and fluid writer. Easily the inheritor from Ives as the best American composer of his times.