Samuel Barber

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Samuel Osborne 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
1951 Knoxville: "Summer of 1915" for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 24 / Four Excursions, Op. 20 Samuel Barber; Eleanor Steber, William Strickland, The Dumbarton Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Firkusny 1
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 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Barber: Adagio for Strings / Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry Vaughan Williams, Barber, Grainger; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 2
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 Copland, Barber; Pacific Symphony, Keith Clark 2
1985 Barber: Summer Music / Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusk / Jolivet: Sérénade / Sæverud: Slåtter og stev fra „Siljustøl” Barber, Hindemith, Jolivet, Sæverud; The Bergen Wind Quintet 1
1985 Piano concerto / Medea: Meditation & Dance of Vengance/ Adagio for strings Samuel Barber; Tedd Joselson, London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Schenck 2
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 Barber; Eleanor Steber, Nicolai Gedda, Rosalind Elias, Giorgio Tozzi, Regina Resnik, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus 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 Barber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 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 Samuel Barber; Eric Parkin 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 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 / Songs / String Quartet / Serenade Samuel Barber; Allen, Endellion String Quartet, Roger Vignoles 1
1994 The Complete Songs Barber; Cheryl Studer, Thomas Hampson, John Browning, Emerson String Quartet 1
1994 Violin Concertos Barber, Bruch; Anne Akiko Meyers 1
1995 Strauss / Barber / Dvorák Bruno Walter; Richard Strauss; Samuel Barber; Antonín Dvořák 1
1995 Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 / Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson Copland, Barber; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Barbara Hendricks 1
1995 Fern Hill Corigliano, Belmont, Barber; Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy 1
1995 Metamorphosis Barber, Elgar, Strauss 1
1995 Undiscovered Classics of Our Time: Górecki / Barber / Pärt Górecki, Barber, Pärt 1
1996 Samuel Barber Samuel Barber; New York Philharmonic, Thomas Schippers 1
1996 Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto / Capricorn Concerto Barber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Kyoko Takezawa, Steven Isserlis 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 20th Century Wind Quintets Hindemith, Barber, Lars-Larsson, Janáček; Michael Thompson Wind Quintet 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 / Music for a Scene From Shelley / Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) 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
2002 Piano Concerto / Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance Samuel Barber; Stephen Prutsman, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2003 American Masters Barber, Harris, Schuman; New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
2003 Knoxville (Summer of 1915) / Symphony No. 1 / Essays for Orchestra / Night Flight / Scene From Shelley Samuel Barber; Molly McGurk, London Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, David Measham 1
2003 Elgar & Barber Cello Concertos Elgar, Barber; Anne Gastinel 1
2003 The Perlman Edition: The American Album Bernstein, Barber, Foss; Perlman, Ozawa 1
2004 Knoxville: Summer of 1915 / Essays for Orchestra nos. 2 and 3 Samuel Barber; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Karina Gauvin, Thomas Trotter 1
2004 Ives: Concord Sonata / Barber: Piano Sonata Charles Ives, Samuel Barber; Marc-André Hamelin 1
2004 Vanessa (BBC Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Leonard Slatkin) Samuel Barber 1
2004 Capricorn Concerto / A Hand of Bridge / Intermezzo from Vanessa Samuel Barber; Stephane Rancourt, Karen Jones, John Gracie, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2005 Shostakovich: Symphonies 1 & 9 / Barber: Adagio Shostakovich, Barber; Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache 1
2005 My Name Is Barbara Barber, Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Griffes, Quilter; Barbara Bonney, Malcolm Martineau 1
2005 Adagio for Strings: Orchestral and Chamber Works Samuel Barber; New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Thomas Schippers, Eugene Ormandy 1
2005 Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão Barber, Mahler, Brahms, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Almeida Prado, Carlos Gomes; Kurt Masur, Roberto Minczuk, Orquestra Acadêmica 1
2005 Píanó Rossi, Barber, Scriabin, Lauren Bernofsky, Moszkowski; Jón Sigurðsson 1
2006 Violin Concertos Barber, Korngold, Walton; James Ehnes, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey 1
2007 Songs by Samuel Barber Samuel Barber; Gerald Finley, Julius Drake 1
2007 Samuel Barber / Ríkarður Örn Pálsson / Lárus H. Grímsson / Sergei Prokoffief Samuel Barber, Ríkarður Örn Pálsson, Lárus H. Grímsson, Sergei Prokoffief; Þorsteinn Gauti Sigurðsson 1
2009 Vadim Gluzman: Barber - Bernstein - Bloch Barber, Bernstein, Bloch; Vadim Gluzman, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling 1
2009 String Quartet / Serenade / Dover Beach / Songs Samuel Barber; Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, Endellion String Quartet 1
2011 American Music Reich, Barber, Crumb; Quatuor Diotima 1
2012 Two Souls Khachaturian, Barber; Mikhail Simonyan, London Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi 1
2012 Copland: Quiet City, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson / Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Capricorn Concerto / Gershwin: Summertime Copland, Barber, Gershwin; Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis, April Fredrick 1
2012 Barber & Korngold: Violin Concertos / Waxman: Carmen Fantasie / Williams: Theme from Schindler's List Barber, Korngold, Waxman, Williams; Alexander Gilman, The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Perry So 1
2012 Cello Concerto / Sonata / Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber; Christian Poltéra, Kathryn Stott, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton 1
2012 Ives: Concord Sonata / Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata Charles Ives, Samuel Barber; Nicholas Zumbro 1
2013 Ligeti String Quartets / Barber Adagio György Ligeti, Samuel Barber; Keller Quartett 1
2014 1930s Violin Concertos, vol. 1 Samuel Barber / Karl Amadeus Hartmann / Alban Berg / Igor Stravinsky / Benjamin Britten; Gil Shaham 1
2014 New World Quartets Dvořák, Barber, Gershwin, Copland, Brubeck; Brodsky Quartet 1
2015 Piano Concertos Britten, Barber; London Symphony Orchestra, Emil Tabakov, Elizabeth Joy Roe 1
Agnus Dei Samuel Barber 1
Albéniz: Cantos de España, op. 232 / Liszt: Liebesträume / Barber: Excursions, op. 20 / Gershwin: Three Preludes Albéniz, Liszt, Barber, Gershwin; Eva Knardahl 1
Antony and Cleopatra (Spoleto Festival Orchestra & Westminster Choir feat. conductor: Christian Badea) Samuel Barber 1
Barber: Violin Concerto / Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no. 1 in A minor, op. 99 Barber, Shostakovich; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich 1
Chamber Music (Soloists of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra) Samuel Barber 1
Choral Works Samuel Barber; Ormond College Choir, Douglas Lawrence 1
Hanson: Symphony no. 2 "Romantic" / Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Elmar Oliveira 1
Piano Concertos Barber, Copland, Hanson; MIT Symphony Orchestra, David Epstein, Abbott Ruskin, Eugene List 1
Samuel Barber Samuel Barber 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Romantic Favorites for Strings Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 5 2
1990 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances & America / Barber: Adagio for Strings Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber 2
1990 Horowitz plays Prokofiev / Barber / Kabalevsky: Sonatas Prokofiev, Barber, Kabalevsky; Vladimir Horowitz 1
1991 Copland: Appalachian Spring / Schuman: American Festival Overture / Barber: Adagio for Strings / Bernstein: Candida Overture Copland, Schuman, Barber, Bernstein; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1992 Meditations for a Quiet Night Delius, Barber, Elgar, Sibelius, Copland 5 1

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