Samuel Barber / William Schuman - George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra ‎– Piano Concerto / A Song Of Orpheus

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Samuel Barber Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 38
Composed By – Samuel Barber
(25:46)
A1 I — Allegro Appassionato 12:47
A2 II — Canzone: Moderato 7:03
A3 III — Allegro Molto 5:46
B William Schuman A Song Of Orpheus
Composed By – William Schuman
21:28

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chroma.k

chroma.k

November 24, 2014

This is pretty good, as far as symphonic LP productions go. Not sure why someone rated this 2/5, it deserves recognition.
chroma.k

chroma.k

November 24, 2014

Barber began work on the concerto in March 1960. John Browning was the intended soloist from the outset and the concerto was written with his specific keyboard technique in mind (Heyman 1992, 410–11). The first two movements were completed before the end of 1960 but the last movement was not completed until 15 days before the world premiere performance. According to Browning (in the liner notes for his 1991 RCA Victor recording of the Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony), the initial version of the piano part of the third movement was unplayable at performance tempo; Barber resisted reworking the piano part until Vladimir Horowitz reviewed it and also deemed it unplayable at full tempo. The work was met with great critical acclaim with Barber winning his second Pulitzer Prize in 1963 and the Music Critics Circle Award in 1964.

It was recorded by Browning with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by George Szell in 1964