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BARBER, Samuel - Composers

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Composer: BARBER, Samuel ((1910-1981))
BARBER, Samuel His/her music:
His best-known work is the "Adagio for strings", originally for string quartet.

His/her life:
Lifelong friend, companion, confidante, and bedmate of Gian-Carlo Menotti.

Mikhail Bourlakov- bayan (accordion) - Phantasmagorias

Mikhail Bourlakov- bayan (accordion) - Phantasmagorias
ID: ART167
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Accordion

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CALL ME FLOTT - Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson

CALL ME FLOTT - Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson
ID: CHRCD003
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

A brand new release from Dame Felicity Lott, with Graham Johnson at the piano. Described as “The Queen of English Classical”, here Felicity Lott, known as 'Flott' to her friends, performs a selection of lighter repertoire, from Cole Porter to Ivor Novello, Coward, Barber and Berlin.

Well-known and loved the world over for her musicality, beautiful tone, easy ascents into the upper register, and superb delivery, here Dame Felicity is expertly accompanied by Graham Johnson, who also provides us with extensive and well-written booklet notes.
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Summertime - Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson

Summertime - Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson
ID: CHRCD008
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

She went on to say:
The upper reaches of Lott's still gleaming soprano inhabit Barber's ?Shining Night' and Fauré's ?Clair de lune'. And her robust English version of Schubert's ?Who is Sylvia?' finds an irresistible companion in Arne's ?Where the Bee Sucks', with its veritable midsummer night's dream of an accompaniment from Johnson. The artists' palpable sense of joy and well-being gathers momentum as they visit Berlioz's ?L'île inconnue' and as they sing on the water with Schubert. . . . And Lott and Johnson know well that the only way to face sentiment is to acknowledge its own integrity, as they do when they listen to Haydn Wood's ?Little Brown Bird' and eavesdrop with Fraser-Simson on Christopher Robin saying his prayers.

This CD features songs from a great variety of composers - Gershwin, Barber, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Brahms, Schubert, Arne, Schumann, Berlioz, and many more. A full 29 tracks of summer-themed songs!
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PLUM PUDDING - Felicity Lott, Gabriel Woolf, Joyful Company of Singers & Peter Broadbent

PLUM PUDDING - Felicity Lott, Gabriel Woolf, Joyful Company of Singers & Peter Broadbent
ID: CHRCD013
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Christmas Music

Dame Felicity Lott and the Joyful Company of Singers serve up rich Christmas fayre with 'Plum Pudding', well-spiced with favourite carols and readings by actor Gabriel Woolf.

PLUM PUDDING
‘A rich boiled suet pudding with raisins, currants, spices, etc.' (OED).

You'll find no ‘boiled suet' in our offering, but rich and well-spiced fare abounds - and unlike its namesake our pudding is bursting with plums! First, though, a warming drink as we Wassail with the merry folk of medieval Yorkshire: ‘…all over the town… in the wassail bowl we'll drink unto thee'. Vaughan Williams, renewing his quest for traditional airs after the horrors of war service, made his exultant arrangement in 1919. Almost a century earlier, in his beloved Northamptonshire village, John Clare was immortalising country life through the seasons; in December, when ‘GladChristmas comes…' he vividly evokes the simple pleasures of that ‘day of happy sound and mirth'. Close contemporaries, Victoria (1548-1611) and Byrd (c. 1543-1623) both began their musical life as choristers, at Avila Cathedral in Spain and at London's Chapel Royal respectively. The former's magnificent motet O magnum mysterium, its arching phrases intertwining like a great cathedral's vaulting, was written in Rome in 1572. Byrd's equally intricate but more worldly This Day Christ Was Born - subtitled ‘A Carroll for Christmas Day' - appeared in his last published songbook in 1611. Moving back to medieval times, to the Wakefield Mystery Plays, we hear God - portrayed by a worthy merchant in his guild's ‘pageant' - reflecting on his treatment of Adam, and summoning Gabriel to tell Mary that she will bear his Son.

Only the ‘Pageant of Shearmen and Tailors' survives from Coventry's contemporary play-cycle, and it is this which furnishes the text of the “Coventry Carol”, Lully, lullay - sung here in Kenneth Leighton's glorious 1956 setting for ethereally serene soprano and choir. By way of contrast Rhian Samuel (b. 1944 and, like Leighton, a distinguished teacher as well as composer) brings Jolly Wat the Shepherd to vivid life in her strikingly harmonised ballad.

After such exuberance, it is time for calmer contemplation. The 15th-century poem I sing of a Maiden, with its gentle portrayal of the sleeping Maid, and haunting refrain ‘He cam also style … as dewe in Aprylle …' is perfectly complemented by the lovely Mariä Wiegenlied; in Peter Broadbent's arrangement of Reger's 1912 ‘slumber-song' a pair of sopranos duet ecstatically above a soft choral accompaniment. Felicity Lott returns to tell the story of The Three Kings ‘from Persian Lands afar'; Elgar's organist friend Ivor Atkins (1869-1953) wrote the familiar arrangement of this Weihnachtslied (Christmas song) originally written in 1856 by Liszt's pupil Peter Cornelius. A darker view of The Journey of the Magi informs T.S. Elliot's 1927 poem, in which one of those kings, years afterwards, recalls the bitter cold and hardship of their journey and, for all its ‘satisfactory' end, reflects equivocally on the changes wrought by that Birth.

There is bleakness, too, rather than the rustic revelry which Laurie “Cider with Rosie” Lee's name might lead one to expect, in his 1954 poem Twelfth Night, adroitly set to music by the American composer Samuel Barber in 1968. This austere meditation on the earth's ‘utter death', more animated at ‘his birth our Saviour', returns at the close to a restatement - albeit more hushed - of its opening line: ‘No night could be darker than this night'. Lee's memories of Christmas in Seville, on the other hand - he had a lifelong love affair with Spain - bring welcome respite. The children who sang him carols, ‘their faces set in a kind of soft unconscious rapture', moved him deeply - understandably so, if they even approached the purity of tone and radiant sense of innocence which the Joyful Company of Singers conjure up in Guerrero's heart-easing Virgen Sancta, written in 1589. How those same children might have revelled in Andrew Carter's arrangement of the Spanish Esta Noche (‘This Night'), with its guitar effects and infectious high spirits.

How many poets have made such music from words alone as Dylan Thomas? He wrote (and read) his original Memories of Christmas for BBC Radio in 1945. Two years later, for the magazine Picture Post, he added a postscript to it, the Conversation About Christmas; Gabriel Woolf's reading captures all the sly wit embodied in its dazzling wordplay. One of the best-loved English carols, The Holly and the Ivy, introduces the topic of traditional Christmas Decorations, a theme taken up by the journalist, novelist and Punch contributor E.V. Lucas (1868-1938). A sequence of letters between a rector and his parishioners - aptly interspersed between lines from the rousing old Welsh song Deck the Hall - reveals how the best-laid plans can go increasingly awry. No festive celebration of this kind would be complete without The Twelve Days of Christmas - and we are treated to two variations on the theme: John Julius Norwich's hilarious warning against taking the old song's message too literally is aptly counterpointed by Andrew Carter's roistering choral arrangement. Another swift change of mood ensues. In Christmas Truce Captain R.J. Armes, writing home from the muddy hell of the First World War's trenches, touchingly describes an utterly unexpected experience. Then, across the desolate no man's land, steal the strains of the Stille Nacht. On Christmas Eve in 1818, in the Austrian village of Oberndorf, disaster struck when the church organ broke down. The organist, Franz Xaver Gruber, gratefully accepted some verses written two years earlier by the parish priest, Josef Mohr, and hastily set them to music; the choir sang the piece that night, to the accompaniment of a guitar - and the rest, as they say, is history. In another remembrance of Christmases past, Leonard Clark tells how he had almost forgotten the Singing in the Streets, before Gruber's immortal melody returns, this time in English. Joyful indeed are Felicity Lott and the Company of Singers as Silent Night, in Peter Broadbent's richly-harmonised arrangement, brings our festive feast to a contented close.
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Elegy - Chamber Orchestra Kremlin - Rachlevsky - Masterpices For String Orchestra

Elegy - Chamber Orchestra Kremlin - Rachlevsky - Masterpices For String Orchestra
ID: CLAVES509325
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

Barber, S: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Bloch, E: From Jewish Life: No. 1, Prayer

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2: 3rd Movement (Notturno)

Dvorak: Nocturne in B major for strings, Op.40 (B47)

Elgar: Elegy for strings, Op. 58

Fibich: Poème

Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

Lekeu: Adagio for Strings

Puccini: Crisantemi

Reger: Lyrisches Andante (Liebestraum)

Rossini: Une Larme, Thème et Variations for cello and piano

Shostakovich: 2 Pieces for String Quartet - Polka

Tchaikovsky: Elegy for strings

Webern: Langsamer Satz, (slow movement), Op. post. (1905)
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Ives - Barber - Cowell - Nurnberg Symphony Orchestra - S.Somary

Ives - Barber - Cowell - Nurnberg Symphony Orchestra - S.Somary
ID: CLAVES509806
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

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a la Gloire de Dieu - Stravinsky, Poulenc, Tippett ...

a la Gloire de Dieu - Stravinsky, Poulenc, Tippett ...
ID: COR16013
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

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Barber Agnus Dei - An American Collection

Barber Agnus Dei - An American Collection
ID: COR16031
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

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Cello Concertos - J. Vogler - T.Sanderling- Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra. Korngold - Bürger - Barber.

Cello Concertos - J. Vogler - T.Sanderling- Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra. Korngold - Bürger - Barber.
ID: CP014
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Cello Concerto
Subcollection: Cello and Orchestra

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Songbook - English cathedral music.

Songbook - English cathedral music.
ID: DCD34097
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Choral and Organ

This ‘songbook’ is unique to the Schola Cantorum choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey. “Essentially, it's a showcase for the Abbey trebles,” their Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas explains. “We’ve been assembling our own Songbook for quite a while now - the songs the trebles sing, from time to time, in boys-only concerts, and that they are taught in individual singing lessons. I’ve always been keen to build each boy up as a soloist, not necessarily with the express idea of them singing lots of solos, but so that they can learn to sing in a soloistic way.”

This is evident most of all in the distinctive singing of 11- year-old Laurence Kilsby, whose gifts won him the BBC Chorister of the Year competition in 2009. On this recording, he features as soloist in two Shelley settings by Roger Quilter, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria and in John Ireland’s beautiful, sincerely-felt Passiontide motet Ex Ore Innocentium from 1944.

Laurence Kilsby (treble), Helen Porter (piano), Carleton Etherington (organ)
The trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Benjamin Nicholas (director)

Track listing

1 Music, When Soft Voices Die
Roger Quilter
2 Vater Unser
Arvo Pärt
3 Fairest Isle (Address To Britain)
Henry Purcell
4 Love’s Philosophy
Quilter
5 The Land Of Spices
Gabriel Jackson
6 Whispers
Howard Skempton
7 O Salutaris Hostia
Léo Delibes
8 Ex Ore Innocentium
John Ireland
9 The Flower
Philip Wilby
10 A Song At Evening
Richard Rodney Bennett
11 Ave Maria
J.S. Bach / Charles Gounod
12 Nymphs And Shepherds
Purcell
13 Dutch Carol
James MacMillan
14 I Will Give My Love An Apple
trad., arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
15 Linden Lea
Vaughan Williams
16 Dirge For Fidele
Vaughan Williams
17 Somewhere
Leonard Bernstein
18 Sure On This Shining Night
Samuel Barber
19 At The River
Robert Lowry, arr. Aaron Copland
20 The Lord’s Prayer
John Tavener, arr. Barry Rose
21 Wedding Introit
MacMillan
22 I Sing Of A Maiden
Patrick Hadley
23 Skye Boat Song
trad., arr. Percy Grainger
24 How Can I Keep From Singing?
Lowry, arr. John Scott

Total playing time [66:42]
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