5 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

With impressive playing from an energised Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck directs a powerful and highly dramatic performance of this popular 20th-century symphony. He takes a few liberties with the score, ramping up the intensity by adding accents where many conductors are happy to take the composer’s word for it, but the results are undeniably ear-catching and it’s proved a winning solution. Barber’s heart-easing Adagio makes an unusual but not inappropriate partner, the strings of this great American orchestra singing with real beauty of line.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With impressive playing from an energised Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck directs a powerful and highly dramatic performance of this popular 20th-century symphony. He takes a few liberties with the score, ramping up the intensity by adding accents where many conductors are happy to take the composer’s word for it, but the results are undeniably ear-catching and it’s proved a winning solution. Barber’s heart-easing Adagio makes an unusual but not inappropriate partner, the strings of this great American orchestra singing with real beauty of line.

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