No one reveals the kaleidoscopic brilliance of Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Symphonic Dances like the Philharmonic, whose musical palette here includes an alto saxophone, mysterious tubular bells, and evocations of Russian Orthodox chants. You’ll also hear soaring, lyrical serenity leading to the thrilling climax of Barber’s Violin Concerto spotlighting Concertmaster Frank Huang.
As in any well-written essay, Barber explores different facets of his themes, using a variety of rhythms and contrasting orchestral colors. An agitated section leads to a fugue, showing how Barber's technical skills could be used to create deeply emotional music. In the moving climax of the final section the trumpets return to the main theme.
After the disastrous First Symphony, Rachmaninoff sank into a deep depression and found himself unable to compose for three years, finding work as a pianist while he rebuilt his self-esteem. When he finally premiered his Second Piano Concerto in 1901, his career was saved, opening to great critical acclaim and reaffirming his status as a world-class composer.
First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12 (8:11) Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5. The first complete orchestral Barber set makes its appearance on the market in the year of the composer’s centenary. It’s a pretty impressive set of readings too. The format is a light card box housing the six CDs presented each in its own original jewel case. These discs were first issued individually.
Print and download in PDF or MIDI Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Jeez, Samuel Barber is a genius! Since I couldn't find any easy-to-access violin scores online, I decided to make one myself! Enjoy!
Samuel Barber: Essay No.1 for Orchestra, Op.12 - Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (classicalarchives.com), the largest and best organized classical music site on the web.
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto. Given the great success of the Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber could have been forgiven for resting on his musical laurels in the late 1930s. But the American composer was having none of it: he set about working on his only Violin Concerto in 1939, just a year after the Adagio’s premiere. Initially, the composer’s reasons for cracking on with a new work.
Samuel Barber Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17. Samuel Barber had strong literary interests in several languages. His choice of song texts ranged from medieval lyrics to Kierkegaard, Joyce, Rilke, and Neruda. His Essays for orchestra (there are three) really pose a metaphor for the handling of musical themes. The Second Essay, in particular, states an initial idea (like a writer's thesis.