Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Volume 2
Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)
Cello Concerto, Op. 22 - Medea, Op. 23 - Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Wendy Warner, cello
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Samuel Barber's lyrical Cello Concerto is here offered together with a suite from the ballet music for Medea, originally written for Martha Graham. Best known of all Barbers music is his evocative Adagio for Strings, a work of deep feeling that has earned a firm place in American repertoire.
"Wendy Warner's recording of the Barber Cello Concerto is a more satisfying account than the recordings by Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis or Raphael Wallfisch. Each of these other recordings commend themselves for various reasons, but Ms. Warner's account brings together a searching musicality, technical command, poignant lyricism, and a beautiful stereo acoustic."
Cello Concerto, Op. 22
1.Allegro moderato - 12:51
2.Andante sostenuto - 07:22
3.Molto allegro e appassionato - 09:14
Medea Ballet Suite Op. 23 (1947)
4.Parodos - 03:14
5.Choros. Medea and Jason - 05:01
6.The Young Princess. Jason - 03:28
7.Choros - 03:30
8.Medea - 07:46
9.Kantikos Agonias - 02:27
10.Exodos - 03:18
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
11.Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 - 07:47
"From the moment her Francois Xavier Tourte (circa 1815) bow stroked the strings, it seemed as though artist and instrument were one. Unafraid and animated, Warner gave life to the music even Johannes Brahms found astounding."
— Post Crescent, October 3, 2010