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Concerto for Violin (1939)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) 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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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
  • 30 APR 2015
    Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Joseph Swensen, conductor
  • 24 AUG 2014
    Edinburgh International Festival
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    John Axelrod, conductor
  • 26 JUL 2014
    Rottenburg, Germany
    Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz
    Kyoko Tanino; Vasilis Christopoulos, conductor
  • 17 JUL 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    Symphonisches Orchester der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Constantin Alex, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 July - Berlin, Germany
  • 24 MAY 2014
    Medina Theatre Newport, Isle of Wight
    Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra
    Shona Douglas; Jonathan Butcher, conductor
  • 09 MAY 2014
  • 23 MAR 2014
    Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, Kent
    Bromley Youth Music Trust
  • 19 MAR 2014
    St Paul's School, London
    St Paul's School Chamber Orchestra
    Tom Evans, conductor
  • 01 MAR 2014
    Chester, UK
    Chester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 28 FEB 2014
    Ulster Hall, Belfast
    Ulster Orchestra
  • 27 FEB 2014
    Linz, Austria
    Bruckner-Orchester Linz
    Robert McDuffie; Dennis Russel Davies, conductor
  • 22 FEB 2014
    Leeds Town Hall
    BBC Philharmonic
    Paul Daniel, conductor
  • 20 FEB 2014
    Sheffield
    Ian Naylors, conductor
  • 07 FEB 2014
    Dortmund, Germany
    Studentenorchester Dortmund
    Fabian Kircher; Holger Ellwanger, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2014
    ADHOC Ensemble
  • 25 JAN 2014
    Town Hall, Ayr, Scotland
    Scottish Opera
    Joel-Hornak, conductor
  • 13 JAN 2014
    Westminster School, London
    Westminster School
    Guy Hopkins, conductor
  • 16 NOV 2013
    Bregenz, Austria
    Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg
    David Wroe, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 November - Bregenz, Austria
  • 03 NOV 2013
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego Symphony
    Augustin Hadelich; Jahta Ling, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4-8 November - San Diego, CA
  • 31 OCT 2013
    Arlington, VA
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Jennifer Koh; Kristian Jarvi, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1,2 November - Arlington, VA
  • 30 OCT 2013
    Opera de Dijon, Paris; France
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Jaap van Zweden; Hilary Hahn, conductor
  • 24 SEP 2013
    St David's Hall, Cardiff; Wales
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Elena Urioste; Garry Walker, conductor
  • 10 SEP 2013
    Port Washington, NY
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Anne Akiko Meyers; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
  • 16 JUL 2013
    St Martin in the Fields London
    Dorothy Croft Orchestra
  • 13 JUL 2013
    Bad Wörishofen, Germany
    Westboehmische Philharmonie
    Viktoria Kaunzner, violin; Dietmar Graef, conductor
  • 04 JUL 2013
    Kassel, Germany
    Orchester der Universität Kassel
    Stephanie Appelhans, violin; Malte Steinsiek, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 July - Kassel, Germany
  • 16 JUN 2013
    Berlin, Germany
    Berliner Sibelius Orchester
    Hannah Perowne, violin; Cathrine Larsen-Maguire, conductor
  • 31 MAY 2013
    St Nazaire, France
    Orchestre symphonique St Nazaire

    Other Dates:
    1 June - Nantes, France
  • 19 MAY 2013
    Charterhouse School, Surrey
  • 11 MAY 2013
    Cheshire, England
    Cheshire Sinfonia

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,7/26/2007
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