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Barber Capricorn Concerto and Other Short Works

Marin Alsop leads typically insightful and concise readings of a series of less-known Barber works, including the mini--opera scena "A Hand of Bridge". There is nothing on the level of inspiration Barber poured into "Knoxville Summer of 1915" here, but it's good to hear these works so well-played. All are typical of Barber's basically lyrical and traditional bent, but not rigidly conservative either. Essential to Barber afficionados--new listeners would better turn to Alsop's discs of the Violin Concerto and/or "Knoxville Summer of 1915" and the 2nd and 3rd Essays for Ochestra.

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Folk artist John Gracie has earned a devoted following and critical acclaim in his native Canada for his easy style and introspective lyrics. Born into a mining family in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, the nearby presence of the Atlantic Ocean would provide inspiration for his writing, but it was his mother, noticing his vocal abilities at the age of five, that saw to him taking singing lessons. As a teenager, Gracie began to write his own songs, influenced by fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot and drawing...
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