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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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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

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    Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    James Buswell, violin
    Marin Alsop
  • G. Schirmer:
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    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 :
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    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble
    London Symphony Orchestra
    André Previn
    Deutsche Grammophon:
  • 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
  • 27 APR 2019
    Shriver Hall, Baltimore, MD
    Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
    Irina Muresanu; Jed Gaylin, conductor
  • 12 APR 2019
    Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Louis Langrée, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 April - Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH
  • 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
  • 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
  • 15 MAR 2019
    Cincinatti Music Hall, OH
    Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra
    Augustin Hadelich, violin; Louis Langrée, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 March - Cincinatti Music Hall, OH
  • 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
  • 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
  • 23 FEB 2019
    Cannon Center, Memphis, TN
    Memphis Symphony Orchestra
    Charles Dimmick; Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 February - GPAC, Memphis, TN
  • 21 FEB 2019
    American Festival
    Detroit, MI
    Detroit Symphony
    Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin; Leonard Slatkin, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 February - Detroit, MI
  • 17 FEB 2019
    Singletary Center for the Performing Arts, Lexington, KY
    Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra
    Marcello Cormio, conductor
  • 14 FEB 2019
    Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sonoko Miriam Welde, violin; Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
  • 10 FEB 2019
    Lippes Hall, SUNY of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
    Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra
    Matt Cone, Performing First Movement Only; Ansgarius Aylward, conductor
  • 04 FEB 2019
    Teatro Principal de Vitoria, Spain
    Orquesta de Euskadi
    Robert Trevino , conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 February - Palacio Euskalduna Bilbao, Spain
    7 February - Auditorio Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
    5 February - Auditorio Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain
    8 February - Auditorio Kursaal de San Sebastian, Spain
  • 20 NOV 2018
    Dale F. Halton, Charlotte, NC
    Dr. Ernest Pereira
    Caroline Smoak, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2018
    Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA
    Charlottesville Symphony
    Daniel Sender; Damon Gupton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 November - Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • 17 NOV 2018
    De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden
    Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
    Johan Dalene, violin; Daniel Blendulf, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2018
    Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, CA
    Pasadena Symphony
    David Lockington, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2018
    Edman Chapel, Wheaton, IL
    Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra
    Performing Selections
  • 16 NOV 2018
    Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
    Sinfonia ViVA
    Aoife Miskelly, soprano; Chloe Hanslip; violin; Frank Zielhorst, conductor
  • 13 NOV 2018
    Mentor Performing Arts Center, Mentor, OH
    Cleveland Youth Orchestra
    Celina Bethoux; Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 November - Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH
  • 10 NOV 2018
    Cohan Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
    San Luis Obispo Symphony
    Andrew Sewell, conductor
  • 02 NOV 2018
    Stephens Performing Arts Center, Pocatello, ID
    Idaho State-Civic Symphony
    Reiko Tanibacha, Performing First Movement Only; Julie Sorensen, conductor
  • 31 OCT 2018
    David Geffen Hall, New York, NY
    New York Philharmonic
    Frank Huang, violin; Juraj Valcuha , conductor

    Other Dates:
    1,3 November - David Geffen Hall, New York, NY
  • 28 OCT 2018
    Lübeck, Germany
    Philharmonisches Orchester Lübeck
    Sophia Jaffé, violin; Marco Comin, conductor

    Other Dates:
    29 October - Lübeck, Germany
  • 27 OCT 2018
    Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu, HI
    Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
    Joann Falletta, conductor

    Other Dates:
    28 October - Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu, HI
  • 20 OCT 2018
    Rialto Theater, Tacoma, WA
    Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
    Jennifer Frautschi; Sarah Ioannides, conductor
  • 13 OCT 2018
    Strathmore Music Center, North Bethesda, MD
    National Philharmonic
    Bella Hristova; Piotr Gajewski, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 October - Strathmore Music Center, North Bethesda, MD
  • 12 OCT 2018
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
    Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Paul Huang, violin; Joann Falletta, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 October - Kleinahns Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

...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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