Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 & Piano Concerto, Op. 38
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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!!!
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.
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.
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These are wonderful renditions of Barber's poignantly lovely violin concerto and his barbarically rapacious piano concerto. McDuffie is marvelous; almost as good as Stern! Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by J. Lody
This CD is a tribute to one of America's greatest classical composers (in my opinion the most talented). Read morePublished on October 20, 2000 by Trevor Gillespie