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Samuel Barber

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Concerto for Violin (1939)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloists and Orchestra
Year Composed
1939
Duration
22 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Violin
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.

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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
    Soloist(s)
    James Buswell, violin
    Conductor
    Marin Alsop
    Naxos:
  • G. Schirmer:
  • Ensemble
    New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Cleveland Orchestra / Philadelphia Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Isaac Stern, violin; John Browning, piano
    Conductor
    Leonard Bernstein / George Szell / Eugene Ormandy / Thomas Schippers
    Sony Essential Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
    Music Sales :
  • Ensemble
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Conductor
    Steuart Bedford
    Regis:
  • Ensemble
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    André Previn
    Deutsche Grammophon:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 23 NOV 2019
    Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL
    Mobile Symphony Orchestra
    Paul Huang; Scott Speck, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 November - Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL
  • 24 NOV 2019
    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall / Los Angeles, CA / USA
    Concerto Chamber Orchestra
  • 07 DEC 2019
    Danbury High School / Danbury, CT / USA
    Danbury Community Orchestra
    Performing Second Movement Only; Stephen Smith, conductor
  • 07 DEC 2019
    Danbury High School, Danbury, CT
    Danbury Community Orchestra
    Performing Selection; Stephen Smith, conductor
  • 01 FEB 2020
    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts / Champaign, IL / USA
    Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra
    Rachel Barton Pine; Stephen Alltop, conductor
  • 02 FEB 2020
    First Ontario Performing Arts Centre / St. Catharines, ON / Canada
    Niagara Symphony Orchestra
    Bradley Thachuk, conductor
  • 16 FEB 2020
    Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT
    Vermont Youth Orchestra
    Nathan Wu; Edward Cumming, conductor
  • 22 FEB 2020
    Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University / Durham, NC / USA
    Duke University String School
    Shelley Livingston, conductor
  • 13 MAR 2020
    Tucson Music Hall, Tucson, AZ
    Tucson Symphony Orchestra
    Paul Huang; Manuel Silva, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 March - Tucson Music Hall, Tucson, AZ
  • 14 MAR 2020
    Southwark Cathedral / London / UK
    King's College School
    Daniel Phillips, conductor
  • 09 APR 2020
    Walt Disney Concert Hall / Los Angeles, CA / USA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Rafael Payare, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10,11 April - Walt Disney Concert Hall / Los Angeles, CA / USA
  • 19 APR 2020
    Washington Center, Olympia, WA
    Olympia Symphony
    Huw Edwards, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30 May - Long Beach Terrace Theater, Long Beach, CA
  • 07 MAY 2020
    Corn Exchange Cambridge
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Esther Yoo; Joana Carnerio, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8 May - Canterbury The Marlowe Canterbury
    14 May - Royal Festival Hall [Southbank Concert Halls] London
    17 May - Theatre Royal Norwich
  • 14 MAY 2020
    Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Esther Yoo, Violin; Joana Carneiro, conductor
  • 16 MAY 2020
    Kulturpalast / Dresden / Germany
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Gil Shama, Violin; Sakari Oramo, conductor
  • 23 MAY 2020
    L'Auditori of Barcelona, Spain
    Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona
    Esther Yoo, violin ; Michal Nesterowicz, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 May - L'Auditori of Barcelona, Spain
  • 18 JUN 2020
    Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Symphony
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20,21 June - Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
  • 04 JUL 2020
    St Saviour's Church, St Albans, UK
    St Albans Symphony Orchestra
    Tom Hammond, conductor

Reviews
...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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