Samuel Barber 's First Essay for Orchestra , along with his extremely well-known Adagio for Strings of the same year, brought Barber worldwide recognition after being premiered by maestro Arturo Toscanini and the New York Symphony Orchestra on November 5, Toscanini was known for not championing the composers of the time or American composers and their works. Yet, in Barber, he heard music that matched the beauty and emotion of previous masters. Barber, along with Gian Carlo Menotti , a fellow composer and lifelong friend, visited Toscanini for the first time approximately five years before the famous premiere concert. Here, Toscanini informed Barber that he intended to conduct one of his works. In spring of , Barber sent to Toscanini the score for the First Essay for Orchestra along with the Adagio for Strings, hoping that one of them would be chosen for performance.
Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17 (Samuel Barber)
Naxos launches its Samuel Barber orchestral music series with this very impressive recording, noteworthy both for its inclusion of the rarely heard Second Symphony, as well as for the exciting prospect of a long-term artistic partnership between Naxos and the highly talented conductor Marin Alsop. The disc-opening performance of The School for Scandal Overture is distinctive: gentler than usual, a shade on the slow side, full of exquisite wind detail, and with a particularly expressive second subject. The comparative mellowness of the opening item gives absolutely no hint of the blazing tension that Alsop brings to everything else on the program. The way she builds the climax of the slow section following the scherzo alone is worth the price of this disc. The First Essay for Orchestra brings thrills of its own: its opening really broods, while the swift central development section passes by like a ghostly wind: superb.
Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
This is a list of compositions by Samuel Barber sorted by genre, opus number , date of composition, and title. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article.