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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
  • 24 MAR 2017
    Solingen, Germany
    Bergische Symphoniker
    Rika Tanimoto, Violin; Peter Kuhn, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25 March - Marl, Germany
    26 March - Remscheid, Germany
  • 15 FEB 2017
    Lighthouse Poole, Dorset
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Kirill Karabits, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 February - University Great Hall, Exeter
  • 12 FEB 2017
    Bing Center, Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Robert McDuffie, Violin; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
  • 21 JAN 2017
    Northeim, Germany
    Akademische Orchester Vereinigung Göttingen
    Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 January - Göttingen, Germany
  • 16 JAN 2017
    Westminster School, London
    Westminster School
  • 13 JAN 2017
    Corn Exchange, Bedford, UK
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Min Lee, violin; Domingo Hindoyan, conductor
  • 18 DEC 2016
    Fort Regent Leisure Centre, Jersey, Channel Islands
    Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • 30 NOV 2016
    Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK
    Oxford University Sinfonietta
    Freddie Meyers, conductor
  • 27 OCT 2016
    City Halls Glasgow, UK
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Valeriy Sokolov, Violin; Nicholas Carter, conductor

    Other Dates:
    28 October - Town Hall, Ayr, UK
  • 27 SEP 2016
    Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Chloe Hanslip, violin ; Xian Zhang, conductor
  • 16 SEP 2016
    Oval Space, Bethnal Green, London
    The Little Orchestra
    Sean Shibe, violin; Nicholas Little, conductor
  • 10 JUL 2016
    Berlin, Germany
    Junges Orchester der Freie Universität Berlin
    Erin Elisabeth White, Violin; Antoine Rebstein, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 July - Berlin, Germany
  • 26 JUN 2016
    Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
    Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 18 JUN 2016
    Dresden, Germany
    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
    Nemanja Radulovic, Violin; Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
  • 11 JUN 2016
    Netherlands
    Amsterdams Symfonie Orkest
    Willem de Borders, conductor
  • 03 JUN 2016
    Mill Valley, CA
    Mill Valley Philharmonic
    Charmian Stewart; Laurie Cohen, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4 June - Mill Valley, CA
  • 20 MAY 2016
    Susanville, CA
    Susanville Symphony
    Ruth Lenz; Ben Wade, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 May - Susanville, CA
  • 04 MAY 2016
    Purcell School, UK
    Purcell Lower School Orchestra
  • 10 APR 2016
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, UK
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
    Tai Murray, violin; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
  • 07 APR 2016
    Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Tai Murray, violin; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
  • 05 MAR 2016
    Richmond, IN
    Richmond Symphony Orchestra
    Guy Bordo, conductor
  • 05 MAR 2016
    Roanoke, VA
    Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
    Akrmi Takayama, conductor
  • 04 MAR 2016
    Roanoke, VA, United States
    Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  • 26 FEB 2016
    Stanford, CA
    Stanford Symphony Orchestra
    Anna Wittstruck, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27,28 February - Stanford, CA
  • 12 FEB 2016
    Seattle, WA
    University Of Washington
    Glenn Dicterow; David A. Rahbee, conductor
  • 11 DEC 2015
    Göttingen, Germany
    Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
    Desirée Ruhstrat; Christoph-Mathias Mueller, conductor
  • 18 NOV 2015
    Guildford High School, UK
    Guildford High School
  • 15 NOV 2015
    Cadogan Hall, London
    European Doctors Orchestra
    Min-Jin Kym, Violin
  • 05 NOV 2015
    Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao
    Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa
    Paul Huang; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 November - Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao.
  • 30 OCT 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Sneak Peek Orchestra
    Conrad Chow; Victor Cheng, 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,7/26/2007
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