Barber: Violin Concerto
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Alsop has a special sympathy for Barber and—thanks to her—all his orchestral music now available at Naxos prices.
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE
Marin Alsop with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra backs up the masterly Violin Concerto with the witty and delightfully parodic ballet, Souvenirs, and two early works, the evocative Scene from Shelley and a long-neglected three-movement Serenade, which is based on a string quartet written when Barber was nineteen and which anticipates the Adagio for Strings.
PENGUIN GUIDE 3*
This is the best of the Naxos Barber orchestral series. This time Alsop’s structure is secure, she maintains intensity and attention, and the orchestra sound at home. There is plenty of expression, and climaxes are well judged. I especially like the interplay in the orchestra and between orchestra soloist.
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
When Naxos decided to record the complete orchestral music of Samuel Barber in its American Classics series, it turned to conductor Marin Alsop, the last protege of Leonard Bernstein. The series has now reached its third installment, and Alsop has kept it on the high level she and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra established at the beginning… In Alsop’s capable hands, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sounds pretty terrific throughout the disc.