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listen  3. Piano Sonata, Op. 26: III. Adagio mesto 5:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata, Op. 26: IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito 4:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Excursions, Op. 20: I. Un poco allegro 3:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Nocturne (Homage to John Field), Op. 33 4:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. 3 Sketches: No. 1. Love Song: Tempo di valse - Allegretto0:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. 3 Sketches: No. 2. To my Steinway (To No. 220601): Adagio 1:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen13. 2 Interludes: 2 Interludes: No. 1. Adagio, ma non troppo, "Adagio for Jeanne" 6:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ballade, Op. 46: Restless 6:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano solo): I. Waltz: Tempo do valse - Allegro con brio 4:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano solo): II. Scottische: Tempo di Schottische, Allegro ma non troppo 2:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano solo): III. Pas de deux: Adagio 4:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano solo): IV. Two-Step: Allegro molto 1:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano solo): V. Hesitation Tango: Con moto 3:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano solo): VI. Galop: Allegro molto 3:02$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (December 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000GV5P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Berkowitz on September 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Daniel Pollack has a special relationship to this music. He premiered Samuel Barber's Piano Sonata in the Soviet Union, and played it to wildly enthusiastic acclaim during the 1958 Tschaikovsky competition. That was the year Cliburn took the Gold medal, but Pollack was also a winner, and was very well received.
I am very familiar with the Sonata. I performed it at my senior piano recital in college. I also had the pleasure of playing most of the Sonata for Daniel Pollack when I competed in a college-based piano competition. It was a special pleasure for me to learn how intimately he knows this piece. Pollack plays the Sonata with tremendous energy, brilliance and passion. The recorded sound of this Naxos CD is bright and a little too resonant for my taste. Still, the performance is thoroughly exciting, sometimes to the point of being overwhelmingly powerful (for example, at the end of the fugue).
I own eleven recordings of the Barber Piano Sonata on CD or LP. Although Pollack's is not my first choice, his playing is so exciting and powerful that I regard his performance as special and worth having. My favorites are Cliburn and Horowitz. My other recordings include Garrick Ohlsson, Willis Deloney, two by John Browning, Leo McCawley, Earl Wild, Peter Lawson and Ruth Laredo. It would be difficult to rank these performances, as they all have something special to commend them. Pollack's passion and abandon stand out in this group.
The other Barber works are less familiar to me, and so I am less able to comment on them. They seem beautifully played and, again, only hampered a little by the overly resonant sound.
If one is looking for a single disc of Barber's piano music, this one would be hard to beat, especially at its budget price.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2003
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Samuel Barber's(1910 --1981) music is lyrical, romantic, and accessible. But his music still manages to be challenging. As is the case with many American composers, Barber tried to develop an American voice by combining art music with American themes derived from jazz and American popular culture. Again, Barber wrote in an accessible way using sophisticated 20th century compositional techniques.
Although he did not compose a great deal of music for solo piano, much of what Barber did write is outstanding. This disc on the budget-priced Naxos label includes all of Barber's published solo piano music performed by Daniel Pollack. Pollack knows and plays this music well indeed. He performed Barber's piano sonata at the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958. The CD includes detailed, insightful liner notes by Victor and Marina Ledin.
Barber's piano sonata op 26 (1946) is the highlight of this disc and is a work that has become an important part of the piano repertory. The work is in four movements, and in it Barber uses an expansive musical vocabulary which includes serial composition. The work is romantic and virtuosic and immediately appealing. Vladimir Horowitz championed this music and it has been recorded many times.
The sonata opens with a two-note falling figure with the second note heavily accented that becomes the basis for the opening allegro movement. Throughout the first movement, loud, virtuosic passages alternate with quieter sections, with feathery piano writing in the instrument's high register. The two-note figure is prominent at the end of the movement with a shift in accent to the first note of the pair. The second movement is a short, light scherzo which picks up on the quieter portions of the first movement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on November 15, 2006
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This CD collects all the published piano music of Samuel Barber, including the highly regarded masterwork SONATA, OP.26. The SONATA, in four movements, goes from the severe in the first movement to the openly joyous in the second; the third movement builds slowly to a mighty grumbling before just as slowly resigning itself to a quiet resolve. The final movement is all energy, requiring great technical prowess, which pianist Daniel Pollack has. It's an excellent performance.

Some of the other pieces, though less demanding, are most enjoyable. The four EXCURSIONS explore "regional idioms," including boogie-woogie, the blues, and country roots (this last is delightful). The four SOUVENIRS show Barber at his most humorous: the Waltz is laugh-out-loud charming, and the Hesitation Tango is just that - and very compelling. This is an excellent CD all around, from the varied and intelligent music of Barber to the assured, lyrical interpretations by Pollack. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Doyle Gillespie on December 21, 1999
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Pollack's clear, precise playing of these demanding technical pieces makes the CD truly an 'American Classic'! Track 7 (Allegretto of Nocturnes) alone is worth the price of the CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2000
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This CD is comparitively cheap for what you will receive. It has great sound quality and wonderful piano playing of extremely technical and difficult pieces. Would make a great addition to anyones Classical Music collection. Pollack makes these works come alive with his expressiveness and fealing.
Do not be afraid to buy this CD because of its low price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Spires on November 26, 2007
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This is a brilliant disc in every way. First, Pollack and Naxos have assembled on a single disc Barber's complete output for solo piano. Secondly, Pollack plays the music with passion, commitment, understanding and breathtaking virtuosity. For those who know Samuel Barber's music only from the Adagio, this music will come as a profound shock. It's tough, overtly modernistic, almost constructivist, if I might use that word of someone wholly American, and rather conservative to boot. Its rhythmic intensity is quite astounding. Here and there I can find hints even of Scriabin, but Samuel Barber's voice is eventually a wholly original and individual creation.
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