RANDALL THOMPSON (1899-1984): Frostiana for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981): The Lovers for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 43.
Catalogue Number: 06S011
Label: Rondeau Production
Description: This Thompson+Barber discs brings a beautiful discovery: a seven-poem setting of Robert Frost poems (two of the best-known are included (“The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”) which Thompson wrote on commission for the 200th annniversary of the town of Amherst, MA in 1959. He orchestrated it in 1965, giving us a rich and unabashedly romantic choral-orchestral cycle of nearly half an hour whose many pastoral beauties could deceive an unknowing listener into thinking of early 20th century English composers like Vaughan Williams. How conservative is it? It makes Barber’s neo-Romantic Neruda settings, pulsating with eroticism and anguish, sound like avant-garde modernism by comparison. Texts included. Martin Häßler (baritone), Saxon State Youth Choir, Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra; Ron-Dirk Entleutner.