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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Great American Showpieces Barber, Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland 2
1992 The Planets / Adagio for Strings / Pomp and Circumstance Military March no. 1 Holst, Barber, Elgar; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1992 American Originals: Ives / Barber String Quartets Ives, Barber; Emerson String Quartet 2
1993 The Music of Samuel Barber Samuel Barber 1
1994 Leontyne Price Sings Barber Samuel Barber 1
1995 A Life in Music, Volume 13: Violin Concertos Barber, Maxwell Davies; Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein, André Previn 1
1997 Violin Concertos Sergei Barsukov, Samuel Barber, Revol Bunin; Leonid Kogan 1
1997 Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto / Adagio for Strings / Second Essay for Orchestra / Overture to the School of Scandal Samuel Barber 3
1998 Barber / Bartók / Vaughan Williams Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Béla Bartók; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Shaw, Carmen Pelton, Richard Clement, Nathan Gunn 1
1999 Bernstein's America Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein 1
1999 Modern American Vocal Works Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson 1
2001 Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance / Music for a Scene from Shelley / Three Essays for Orchestra / Excerpts from "Vanessa" Samuel Barber; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
2003 Adagio / Meditation de Medée etc. Barber; Leonard Slatkin, Charles Munch 1
2004 BBC Music, Volume 12, Number 11: Wind Quintets Nielsen, Ligeti, Barber, Françaix; Galliard Ensemble 1
2005 Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto / Piano Concerto Barber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Kyoko Takezawa, Steven Isserlis, John Browning 1
2005 Adagio / Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Barber; André Previn, Elmar Oliveira, Ralph Kirshbaum 2
2008 Adagio for Strings / Violin Concerto / Knoxville: Summer 1915 Samuel Barber 1
2009 The Complete Solo Piano Music (John Browning) Samuel Barber 2
2010 Complete Orchestral Works Samuel Barber; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2012 Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man / Barber: Adagio Copland, Barber; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 1
American Masters: Barber / Copland Barber, Copland 1
Capricorn: The Samuel Barber Collection Samuel Barber 1
The Music of America Samuel Barber 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Chamber Symphonies op. 110a, 118a / Adagio for Strings Shostakovich, Barber; Prague Chamber Orchestra 1
2007 Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 "Organ" / Francis Poulenc: Organ Concerto / Samuel Barber: Toccata Festiva Camille Saint‐Saëns, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, Olivier Latry 1
2014 Above and Beyond: Music for Wind Band Creston, Schwarz, Grainger, Copland, Rands, Barber; “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Gerard Schwarz 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Barber: Summer Music / Beach: Pastorale / Other American works Samuel Barber, Amy Beach; Reykjavík Wind Quintet 1
The Best of Barber Samuel Barber 1

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