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Samuel Barber

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Concerto for Violin (1939)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
22 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Alternate Orchestration
Violin; piano reduction
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Programme Note
Samuel Barber Concerto for Violin (1939)
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    Commentary by David Flachs, Director of Production, G. Schirmer, Inc.


Composer Note:

The first movement — Allegro molto moderato — begins with a lyrical first subject announced at once by the solo violin, without any orchestral introduction. The movement as a whole has, perhaps, more the character of sonata than concerto form. The second movement — Andante sostenuto — is introduced by an extended oboe solo. The violin enters with a contrasting and rhapsodic theme, after which it repeats the oboe melody of the beginning. The last movement, a perpetual motion, exploits the more brilliant and virtuoso characteristics of the violin.

— Samuel Barber

  • Ensemble
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    James Buswell, violin
    Marin Alsop
  • G. Schirmer:
  • Ensemble
    New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Cleveland Orchestra / Philadelphia Orchestra
    Isaac Stern, violin; John Browning, piano
    Leonard Bernstein / George Szell / Eugene Ormandy / Thomas Schippers
    Sony Essential Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
    Music Sales :
  • Ensemble
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble
    London Symphony Orchestra
    André Previn
    Deutsche Grammophon:
  • 21 FEB 2019
    American Festival
    Detroit, MI
    Detroit Symphony
    Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin; Leonard Slatkin, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 February - Detroit, MI
  • 23 FEB 2019
    Cannon Center, Memphis, TN
    Memphis Symphony Orchestra
    Charles Dimmick; Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 February - GPAC, Memphis, TN
  • 23 FEB 2019
    Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
    Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
    Performing First Movement Only; Jim Waddelow, conductor
  • 23 FEB 2019
    St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Yuba City, CA
    Yuba Sutter Symphony
    Atticus Driver, Performing First Movement Only; Corey Kersting, conductor
  • 24 FEB 2019
    The Moore Building, Miami, FL
    Miami Symphony Orchestra
    Daniel Andai; Eduardo Marturet, conductor
  • 01 MAR 2019
    Holland Center for the Performing Arts, Omaha, NE
    Omaha Symphony
    Stefan Jackiw; James Feddeck, conductor

    Other Dates:
    2 March - Holland Center for the Performing Arts, Omaha, NE
  • 02 MAR 2019
    California Theatre, San Jose, CA
    Symphony Silicon Valley
    Anne Akiko Meyers; John Nelson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3 March - California Theatre, San Jose, CA
  • 03 MAR 2019
    Davidson Theatre, Columbus, OH
    Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Andres Lopera, conductor
  • 08 MAR 2019
    Henderson Pavillion, Henderson, NV
    Henderson Symphony Orchestra
    Ethan Lee, Performing First Movement Only; Alexandra Arrieche, conductor
  • 12 MAR 2019
    Civic Center of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
    Des Moines Symphony
    Performing First Movement Only; Joseph Giunta, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 March - Civic Center of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
  • 15 MAR 2019
    Cincinatti Music Hall, OH
    Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra
    Augustin Hadelich, violin; Louis Langrée, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 March - Cincinatti Music Hall, OH
  • 15 MAR 2019
    West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ
    WW-P High School North Philharmonic
    Andrea Sun, Raghuram Jasti; Colin Oettle, conductor
  • 16 MAR 2019
    American Dreams
    Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA
    Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra
    Elena Urioste, violin; Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17,18 March - Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA
  • 16 MAR 2019
    Saroyan Theater, Fresno, CA
    Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sirena Huang, violin; Rei Hotoda, conductor
  • 19 MAR 2019
    LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, LA
    LSU Philharmonia Orchestra
    Sabrina Parry, Performing First Movement Only; Carlos Riazuelo, conductor
  • 26 MAR 2019
    Long Beach Polytechnic HS Auditorium, Long Beach, CA
    Long Beach Polytechnic HS Symphony Orchestra
    Caris White, Ethan Dwinell, Performing First Movement Only; Andrew Osman, conductor
  • 29 MAR 2019
    Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO
    Colorado Symphony
    Augustin Hadelich ; Brett Mitchell, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30,31 March - Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO
  • 31 MAR 2019
    Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
    Ithaca College
    Matthew Barnard; Andrew Kim, conductor
  • 07 APR 2019
    Our Lady & St Michael's Church, Abergavenny, UK
    Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra
    Dennis Simons, violin; Michael Bell, conductor
  • 08 APR 2019
    Brunswick High School, Brunswick, GA
    Coastal Symphony Orchestra
    Sarah Crocker Vonsattel; Michelle Merrill, conductor
  • 11 APR 2019
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Anny Hwang, vn; Brad Lubman, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 April - Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 12 APR 2019
    Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Louis Langrée, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 April - Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH
  • 27 APR 2019
    Shriver Hall, Baltimore, MD
    Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
    Irina Muresanu; Jed Gaylin, conductor
  • 30 APR 2019
    Prague, Czech
    Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
    K. Lachova; M. Nemcova, conductor
  • 09 MAY 2019
    Barbican Hall, London, UK
    London Schools Symphony Orchestra
    Elena Urioste, violin
  • 31 MAY 2019
    Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, AB, CA
    Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
    Simone Porter; Alexander Prior, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1 June - Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, AB, CA
  • 02 JUN 2019
    Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland, OR
    Paul Lee, Performing First Movement Only; Donald L. Appert, conductor

...when you hear the piece played with such finesse as it was here, you appreciate that Barber's generously proportioned lyrical themes possess a subtlety and suppleness that take on a particular poignancy when treated with the sort of innate sensitivity that Ehnes's playing radiates. More than that, Alsop was alert to the piquancy fo orchestral texture that lends the score its occassional tang, be it in lemony woodwind or brass colouring, or in the nicely bracing astringency of the piano. While melody is at the core of the concerto, Alsop's arresting build-ups of dissonance at the climaxes and Ehnes's sparkling virtuosity in the finale showed the concerto's expressive facets in compelling breadth.
Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph,26/07/2007
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