Great Performances from the Library of Congress, Vol. 19

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Audiophile Audition: Best of Year (2004) 

The 1953 recording features the spectacular twenty-six year old Leontyne Price, accompanied by Samuel Barber at the Library of Congress. The duo’s entire recital is issued whole for the first time. In this recital the soprano and composer give the world premiere performance of Barber’s “Hermit Songs”, and perform Henri Sauguet’s “La Voyante” (The Fortune Teller) and other songs by Barber, Poulenc and Fauré.

This remarkable 1938 recording, released to the public for the first time, gives us the 28 year old baritone, Samuel Barber in 12 songs, accompanying himself at the piano. These little known performances reveal Barber as a singer/player of uncommonly deep communicative power. The performances (issued in cooperation with Mr. Barber’s estate and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia) include folk songs from England, America, the Tyrol and Tuscany as well as lieder by Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, C.P.E Bach and Schubert.


1953 Recital

Francis Poulenc

Quatre Poèmes de Paul Eluard

C'est ainsi que tu es

Samuel Barber

Sleep Now

The Daisies



Hermit Songs (premiere performance)

Henri Sauguet

La Voyante

Gabriel Fauré

Au bord de l'eau

Leontyne Price, soprano

Samuel Barber, piano

1938 Recital

Six Folk Songs

O waly, waly

The Deaf Woman's Courtship

Brother Greene

Zu Dir

Batti, batti

Chi ti ci fa venir

Robert Schumann

In der Fremde

Felix Mendelssohn

Ist es wahr?

Carl Philip Emanuel Bach


Johannes Brahms

Der Gang zum Liebchen

Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht,

Franz Schubert

Der Jüngling an der Quelle

Samuel Barber, baritone and piano