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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

  • 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:
  • 19 MAY 2018
    Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
    Santa Barbara Symphony
    Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Nir Kabaretti, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 May - Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 13 MAY 2018
    Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, NY
    Hochstein School of Music and Dance
    Karino Wada, violin; Casey Springstead, conductor
  • 03 MAY 2018
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Sharon Bezaly, flute; Osmo Vänskä, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4,5 May - Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
  • 29 MAR 2018
    Artis-Naples Hayes Hall, Naples, FL
    Naples Philharmonic

    Other Dates:
    30 March - Artis-Naples Hayes Hall, Naples, FL
  • 29 MAR 2018
    Venice Performing Arts, Venice, FL
    Venice Symphony Orchestra
    Irina Muresanu; Janna Hymes, conductor
  • 25 MAR 2018
    First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island, SC
    Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
    Bella Hristova; John Morris Russell, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26 March - First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • 03 MAR 2018
    Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX
    Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra
    Jacqueline Audas; Joshua Hong, conductor
  • 17 FEB 2018
    Century II Concert Hall, Wichita, KS
    Wichita Symphony Orchestra
    Daniel Hege, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 February - Century II Concert Hall, Wichita, KS
  • 14 FEB 2018
    Eissey Theater, West Palm, FL
    Atlantic Classical Orchestra
    Sirena Huang; David Amado, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 February - Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts, Vero Beach, FL
    16 February - Lyric Theater, Stuart, FL
  • 03 FEB 2018
    Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
    Winston-Salem Symphony
    Caroline Smoak; Robert Moody, conductor
  • 01 FEB 2018
    Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway, London
    University of London Symphony Orchestra
    Rebecca Miller, conductor
  • 31 JAN 2018
    Kitchener, ON
    Kitchener Waterloo Symphony
    Performing select mvts only; Case Scaglione, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13,14 April - Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
  • 20 JAN 2018
    Conexus Arts Centre, Regina Central, SK
    Regina Symphony Orchestra
    William Boan; Gordon Gerrard, conductor
  • 14 JAN 2018
    Bridges Hall of Music, Claremont, CA
    Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra
    Juan Felipe Molano, conductor
  • 14 JAN 2018
    Weimar, Germany
    Staatskapelle Weimar
    Kyrill Karabits, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 January - Weimar, Germany
  • 17 DEC 2017
    Dundas St. Centre United Church, London, Ontario, Canada
    London Community Orchestra
    Amy Kwon; Leonard Ingrao, conductor
  • 14 DEC 2017
    Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Benjamin Beilman, violin; Karina Canellakis, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 December - City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow
  • 08 DEC 2017
    Sarasota Music Festival
    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL
    Sarasota Orchestra
    Benjamin Beilman, Elina Vähälä; Larry Rachleff, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9,10 December; 7,8 April 2018 - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL
    6 April 2018 - Neel Performing Arts Center, Bradenton, FL
  • 07 DEC 2017
    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT
    University Of Connecticut
    Harvey Felder, conductor
  • 06 DEC 2017
    Eisenhower Auditorium, State College, PA
    Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra
    James Lyon; Gerardo Edelstein, conductor
  • 02 DEC 2017
    Anderson Auditorium, Montreat, NC
    Montreat College Chamber Orchestra
    Performing mvt I only
  • 02 DEC 2017
    Theatre Auditorium, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 26 NOV 2017
    The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Birmingham
    Sinfonia of Birmingham
    Michael Seal, conductor
  • 21 NOV 2017
    University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Patrcia Corbett Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
    University of Cincinnati Concert Orchestra
    Aik Khai Pung, conductor
  • 19 NOV 2017
    Tübingen, Germany
    Orchester der Musikschule Tübingen
    Rika Tanimoto, violin; Georg Köhler, conductor
  • 18 NOV 2017
    Skirball Center, New York, NY
    New York University
    Zoe Miller; Eduardo Leandro, conductor
  • 18 NOV 2017
    TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK
    Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
    William Boan; Eric Paetkau, conductor
  • 16 NOV 2017
    Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY
    Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra
    Adam Glaser, conductor
  • 15 NOV 2017
    Heilbronn, Germany
    Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn
    Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin; Ruben Gazarian, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2017
    Vance Brand Auditorium, Longmont, CO
    Longmont Symphony Orchestra
    Andrew Sords; Elliot Moore, 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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