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  Barber: An American Romantic - Conspirare
  Barber: Twelfth Night (1968), To Be Sung on the Water Op. 42, The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1, Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2, Reincarnations Op. 16, O Death, A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map Op. 15, Sure on this shining night Op. 13 No. 3, Agnus Dei, The Lovers (1971) New Version with chamber orchestra, Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)

David Farwing (baritone)
Craig Hella Johnson (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Vocal
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Recording info:
  Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Indiana
Recording Engineer & Editor: Brad Michel
Producer: Robina G. Young

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Review by JJ January 13, 2013 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Nowadays more than ever, music lovers know well that the vocal work by Samuel Barber is an important part of his repertoire. This is what Joshua Shank emphasizes in the introductory text of the present recording: “Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) today star shines brightly at the pantheon of 20th century composers. His self-professed (neo)romanticism distinguishes him from most of his contemporaries, and his poetic music, with its characteristic breath and scope, can be both sentimental and pensive. Possessing a style which wasn’t all that popular at the time, Barber, as music from the last century is carefully studied, is becoming one of the great musical talents of his era.” The contents of this generous SACD (nearly 80 minutes) offers us “Twelfth Night” Op.42 N°1 from 1968, “To Be Sung on the Water” Op.42 N°2, “The Virgin Martyrs” Op.8 N N°1 from 1935, “Let Down the Bars, O Death” Op.8 N N°2 from 1936, “A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map” Op.15 from 1940 for tenor and percussions, “Sure on This Shining Night” Op.13 N°3 from 1968 with piano, “Agnus Dei” Op.11 in an arrangement from 1967 from the famous Adagio for Strings dating from 1938, as well as “The Lovers” Op.43 from 1971 in a version for chorus and chamber orchestra dating from 2011 and recorded for the first time. The ensemble Conspirare and its artistic director Craig Hella Johnson show us, once again, their perfect technical mastery dedicated to real inspiration. The American composer here finds most worthy champions whose musical commitment is of rare pertinence. Magic!

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 11  

Samuel Barber - A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15
Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei, Op. 11
Samuel Barber - Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)
Samuel Barber - Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8 No. 2
Samuel Barber - O Death
Samuel Barber - Reincarnations, Op. 16
Samuel Barber - Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3
Samuel Barber - The Lovers (1971)
Samuel Barber - The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8 No. 1
Samuel Barber - To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42
Samuel Barber - Twelfth Night (1968)