By Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin; Michael Erxleben; Michael Erxleben. By Samuel Barber; Anton Bruckner. Classical. Hybrid SACD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.CGC013).
Item Number: NX.CGC013
There are many names for the slow movement in classical music- adagio, andante, and largo are some of the most popular. They all have the same function in the scheme of the entire composition. They are all a calm center amidst the raucous allegros, prestos, and scherzo. Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings op. 11 was written in 1936 and was part of the three-movement work String Quartet op. 11. Upon meeting with Barber, Arturo Toscanini recognized the incredible qualities of this middle slow movement, and suggested to Barber the orchestration of the movement as a standalone version. The work premiered in 1938 in New York City. The Adagio from Anton Bruckner's String Quintet in F major follows the traditional role of an adagio, and is placed between a fast Scherzo and an animated Finale. When the work was premiered, all reviewers noted the Adagio specifically. Even his hardest critics wrote "The Adagio emanates light, light in thousands of colours and nuances- the reflection of an ecstatic vision reaching to the seventh heaven." (Max Kalbeck) This is the world premiere recording of Bruckner's String Quartet in F major as orchestrated for string orchestra. The arrangement was done by Michael Erxleben. Founded by members of the Konzerhausorchester Berlin in 2009, the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin is under the artistic direction of Sayako Kusaka, first concertmaster of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. An interesting element of this ensemble is their democratic spirit. Each member of the orchestra is involved in programming, conductor, and soloist decisions.