Samuel Barber, BARBER: Cello Concerto / Medea Suite / Adagio for Strings

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Adagio for Strings is of course the best-known piece included in this collection, and here it receives a marvelously restrained performance from Marin Alsop and her Royal Scottish National Orchestra forces. Even greater delights, though, are the two less-often explored works included here: the Cello Concerto, which young American cellist Wendy Warner plays with wonderful depth and commitment, and the elegant, lyrical suite from Barber's ballet Medea.