&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

Barber: Piano Concerto

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Naxos 8.559133
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Marin Alsop’s continuing Samuel Barber series for Naxos is exceptionally well planned. The standards of performance here are at least as high as on previous issues. The RSNO seems unfazed by the technical demands of the Concerto, even in its breakneck five-time finale, and the American Stephen Prutsman is a strong, characterful soloist. Marin Alsop captures the dark, brooding atmosphere of the Medea scene well. The recording of the orchestra is exceptionally vivid…collectors of the Naxos series can add this volume with confidence.


November 2002