Samuel Barber

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Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century: music critic Donal Henahan stated that "Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim."

His Adagio for Strings (1936) has earned a permanent place in the concert repertory of orchestras. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice: for his opera Vanessa (1956–57) and for the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1962). Also widely performed is his Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (1947), a setting for soprano and orchestra of a prose text by James Agee. At the time of his death, nearly all of his compositions had been recorded.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Four Melodic Masterpieces of Samuel Barber Samuel Barber; New York Philharmonic, Thomas Schippers 1
1976 Barber: Adagio for Strings / Ives: Symphony no. 3 / Copland: Quiet City Barber, Ives, Copland; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 3
1981 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Adagio for Strings / Irish Tune from County Derry Vaughn Williams, Barber, Grainger, Fauré, Satie; Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra 1
1983 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Barber: Adagio for Strings / Copland: Appalachian Spring George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 4
1983 Barber: Cello Concerto / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 Barber, Shostakovich; Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1983 Music of Barber and Copland (Pacific Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Keith Clark) Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber 1
1985 Piano concerto / Medea: Meditation & Dance of Vengance/ Adagio for strings Samuel Barber 1
1985 Piano Concerto / Medea / Adagio Samuel Barber; London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Schenck 1
1987 Bernstein: Chichester Psalms / Copland: In the beginning and Three Motets / Barber: Agnus Dei Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best 1
1989 Music of Samuel Barber Barber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
1989 Barber: Cello Concerto / Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Barber, Britten; Yo‐Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1989 Cello Concerto / Cello Sonata / Adagio for Strings Barber; Ralph Kirshbaum, Roger Vignoles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 2
1989 Ravel: Bolero / Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Gershwin: An American in Paris / Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Barber: Adagio for Strings Ravel / Gershwin / Debussy / Barber 1
1989 Rhapsody in Blue / Appalachian Spring / Quiet City / Knoxville / Adagio Barber, Copland, Gershwin; City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
1990 Arias and Barcarolles / School for Scandal / An American in Paris Bernstein, Barber, Gershwin; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1990 Mozart: Sonata K. 330 / Barber: Sonata / Debussy: Estampes, Études, Images, Préludes Mozart, Debussy, Barber; Van Cliburn 1
1990 Presenting Jian Wang Chopin, Barber, Schumann; Jian Wang, Carol Rosenberger 1
1990 Vanessa (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos) Samuel Barber 1
1991 Barber: Symphony No. 1 / The School for Scandal Overture / Beach: Symphony in E minor (Gaelic) Samuel Barber, Amy Beach; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1991 Symphony No. 1 / Piano Concerto / Souvenirs (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Leonard Slatkin) Samuel Barber 1
1991 The Prayers of Kierkegaard / The Lovers Samuel Barber; Dale Duesing, Sarah Reese, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Andrew Schenck 1
1992 Music of Samuel Barber Barber; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sylvia McNair, Yoel Levi 5 1
1992 American Miniatures Barber, Copland, Thomson 1
1992 Knoxville Summer of 1915 / Dover Beach / Hermit Songs / Adromache's Farewell Samuel Barber 1
1992 Adagio for Strings / Symphony no. 1 / The School for Scandal Samuel Barber; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1992 John Corigliano: Clarinet Concerto / Samuel Barber: Third Essay for Orchestra John Corigliano, Samuel Barber; New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, Stanley Drucker 1
1992 Ives: Symphony no. 1 / Barber: Three Essays for Orchestra Charles Ives, Samuel Barber; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1993 Barber / Dvořák / Glass Barber, Dvořák, Glass; The Duke Quartet 1
1993 Barber: Symphony no. 2 / Adagio for Strings / Bristow: Symphony in F-sharp minor Samuel Barber, George Frederick Bristow; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1993 Complete Works for Solo Piano (feat. piano: Eric Parkin) Samuel Barber 1
1993 Serenades Tchaikovsky, Wolf, Barber, Elgar; Berliner Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov 1
1994 Barber: Violin Concerto / Korngold: Violin Concerto / Much Ado About Nothing - Suite Barber, Korngold; Gil Shaham, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1
1994 Barber/Bruch Violin Concertos Anne Akiko Meyers, Samuel Barber & Max Bruch 1
1994 Chadwick: Symphony no. 3 / Barber: Two Orchestral Excerpts from "Vanessa" / Music for a Scene from Shelley / Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance George Chadwick, Samuel Barber; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1994 Dover Beach (Endellion String Quartet feat. baritone: Thomas Allen, piano: Roger Vignoles) Samuel Barber 1
1994 The Complete Songs Barber; Cheryl Studer, Thomas Hampson, John Browning, Emerson String Quartet 1
1995 Strauss / Barber / Dvorák Bruno Walter; Richard Strauss; Samuel Barber; Antonín Dvořák 1
1996 Samuel Barber Samuel Barber; New York Philharmonic, Thomas Schippers 1
1997 Barber's Adagio Samuel Barber 1
1997 Barber: Adagio for Strings / Violin Concerto / Schuman: To Thee Old Cause / In Praise of Shahn Barber, Schuman; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern 2
1997 Barber: Violin Concerto / Walton: Violin Concerto / Bloch: Baal Shemn Samuel Barber, Sir William Walton, Ernest Bloch; Joshua Bell, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1998 Symphonies 1 & 2 / Overture: The School for Scandal / Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1999 Solo Piano Music Samuel Barber; Daniel Pollack 1
1999 The Beauty of Barber Samuel Barber 1
2000 Violin Concertos Barber, Meyer; Hilary Hahn, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff 5 1
2000 Orchestral Works, Volume 1: Symphonies nos. 1 and 2 Samuel Barber; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2001 Adagio for Strings / Violin Concerto / Orchestral & Chamber Works Barber; St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Elmar Oliveira 2
2001 Violin Concerto / Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) / Music for a Scene From Shelley Samuel Barber; James Buswell, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2001 Orchestral Works, Volume 2: Cello Concerto / Medea / Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Wendy Warner 1
2002 Poulenc: Concerto for Organ / Petit: Concertino / Barber: Toccata Festiva Francis Poulenc, Pierre Petit, Samuel Barber; Gillian Weir, English Chamber Orchestra 1

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