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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:
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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
  • 15 MAR 2019
    Cincinatti Music Hall, OH
    Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra
    Augustin Hadelich, violin; Louis Langrée, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 March - Cincinatti Music Hall, OH
  • 21 FEB 2019
    American Festival
    Detroit, MI
    Detroit Symphony
    Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin; Leonard Slatkin, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 February - Detroit, MI
  • 14 FEB 2019
    Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sonoko Miriam Welde, violin; Joshua Weilerstein, 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
  • 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
  • 05 OCT 2018
    Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Plymouth, MI
    Michigan Philharmonic
    Danielle Belen; Nan Washburn, conductor
  • 14 SEP 2018
    DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
    Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
    Karen Gomyo, violin; Marcelo Lehninger, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 September - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 11 AUG 2018
    Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, MN
    Lakes Area Music Festival
    Suliman Takeli; Christian Reif, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 August - Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, MN
  • 15 JUL 2018
    Purgatory Resort, Durango, CO
    Music In The Mountains
    Guillermo Fiqueroa, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 July - Purgatory Resort, Durango, CO
  • 08 JUL 2018
    Mendocino Music Festival
    Mendocino Headlands State Park, Mendocino, CA
    Shawnette Sulker; Allan Pollack, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 July - Mendocino Headlands State Park, Mendocino, CA
  • 25 MAY 2018
    Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College, Torrance, CA
    Beach Cities Symphony
    Performing mvt I only; Allison Park; Barry Brisk, conductor
  • 24 MAY 2018
    Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter, MI
    Dexter High School Orchestra
    Gabriel Brisbois; Matthew Deloria, conductor
  • 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
    American Voices
    Minneapolis, MN
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Sharon Bezaly, flute; Susie Park, violin; Osmo Vänskä, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4,5 May - Minneapolis, MN
  • 29 APR 2018
    Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO
    Denver Young Artists
  • 29 APR 2018
    Jackson Auditorium Seguin, Seguin, TX
    Mid-Texas Symphony
    Charles Yang; David Mairs, conductor
  • 27 APR 2018
    Good Shepherd Church, Loveland, CO
    The Loveland Orchestra
    Performing mvt I only; Concerto Competition Winner; Luciano Silvestri, conductor
  • 22 APR 2018
    Salla J. Antonio Thompson, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
    Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières
    Antoine Bareil; Jacques Lacombe, conductor
  • 21 APR 2018
    Westlake Performing Arts Center, Westlake, OH
    Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
    Victor Liva, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 April - Westlake Performing Arts Center, Westlake, OH
  • 18 APR 2018
    LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, LA
    Louisiana State University
    Yu Ping Wu; Carlos Riazuelo, conductor
  • 15 APR 2018
    Bremen, Germany
    Bremer Philharmoniker
    Dirk Kaftan, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 April - Bremen, Germany
  • 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
  • 24 MAR 2018
    Cornerstone Hall, Liverpool, UK
    Liverpool Mozart Orchestra
    Sergej Bolkhovets, conductor
  • 24 MAR 2018
    New World Center, Miami Beach, FL
    New World Symphony
    Emerson Millar; Edwin Outwater, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25 March - New World Center, Miami Beach, FL
  • 24 MAR 2018
    Waco Hall, Waco, TX
    Waco Symphony Orchestra
    Simone Porter; Stephen Heyde, conductor
  • 17 MAR 2018
    Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON
    Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
    James Ehnes; Gemma New, 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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