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Barber: Complete Songs Extra tracks, Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: John Browning, Emerson String Quartet
  • Composer: Samuel Barber
  • Audio CD (January 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: DG Imports
  • ASIN: B00005V8YT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Strauss Lover on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Few and fewer recordings anymore achieve legendary status and this is one of the precious few. And it will be a long time, possibly not in our lifetime, before anyone surpasses the achivements of Studer and Hampson. It is a marvel to hear this music sung with simplicity and full bodied vocal poise, magically erasing all memories of the arch Leontyne Price. No easy feat, this. To summarize, these discs are a gem in the annals of American music or, in fact, any music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Barrett on November 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic recording, and I'm so grateful to Hampson and Studer for seeking out and helping to get published the Ten Early Songs (1-10 on CD1). It's wonderful to be able to hear some of his earlier works and to see how far he truly came as a composer. Highly recommend this set!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Lovers of American music, and particularly the much neglected field of American art songs, rapturously welcomed this 1994 collection of Barber's entire song output. The pianist, John Browning, has been a champion of Barber's music all his life, since his early days as a protoge of the composer.

Of the two singers, Hampson is far more experienced at art song than Studer, and it shows. She sings rather effortfully, often with an operatic warble, and her enunciaiton isn't as clear as it should be.

Still, both singers are in the right spirit. This isn't by any means definitive interpretation. Thomas Allen sings Dover Beach as well as Hampson, and Leontyne Price offers a classic set of Hermit ssongs with the composer as accompanist (he was also a skilled baritone, which accounts for his graceful writing for the voice). For a secelciton of songs and arias with orchestral accompaniment, Roberta Alexander is excellent on the Etcetera label, and Marilyn Horne has done well by a handful of Barber songs--including the haunting "Sure on This Shining Night"-- on one of her RCA recitals.

All in all, the singing is authoritative from Hampson, and if DG could improve the sonics--maybe they did on this two-fer reissuee--some of the hard edge to Studer's voice might be softened.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kostas on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yes Yes Yes. This record surpasses Leontyne Price's affected delivery of this composer's songs by a mile or two. Nah, three.
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