SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981): The Lovers for Chamber Chorus and Orchestra and Easter Chorale for Chamber Chorus and Orchestra (new versions by Robert Kyr [b.1952]), A stopwatch and an ordnance map for Tenor, Chorus and Timpani, Sure on this shining night for Chorus and Piano, Chorus: Twelfth night, To be sung on the water, The virgin martyrs, Let down the bars, O death, Reincarnations.
Catalogue Number: 09O011
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Reference: HMU 807522
Description: The new version of the The Lovers, a nine-song cycle to poetry on love and loss by Pablo Neruda from 1971, turns an 80-piece orchestra into a 15-piece chamber ensemble (nothing is changed in the vocal parts) in hopes of not only more performance possibilities but also to make the scale as intimate as the poetry. 43 minutes of (mostly) unaccompanied choral music, in Barber's typical unabashed romanticism, from soaring and ecstatic to sentimental and reflective make up the rest of this tribute to a great American Romantic. Texts included. Conspirare and Chamber Orchestra; Craig Hella Johnson. SACD hybrid.