This is an excellent collection of the best of Samuel Barber's orchestral music. The Violin Concerto is a wonderful piece and probably the greatest violin concerto written by an American. It receives a superlative performance and both Stern and Bernstein capture the elegiac nature of the work in a way that is deeply moving. The Piano Concerto receives a similarly classic performance from Browning and Szell. All of the other works are well performed and recorded , including the very enjoyable School for Scandal overture. If nothing else the disc is a collection of performances by four great conductors- Bernstein, Szell, Ormandy and
Schippers. Barber is a very unpretentious and accessible composer who deserves greater recognition. Highly recommended.
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