Samuel Barber: Antony and Cleopatra
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80322     Release Date: 1984-01-01
Esther Hinds, Jeffrey Wells, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Christian Badea; Westminster Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt

This is the premiere recording of Samuel Barber's Antony & Cleopatra, written for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966. Along with Vanessa, it is one of the peaks of Barber's output and one of the great American operas. Though it is rarely staged, this recording allows us to enjoy the fruits of Barber's accomplishment: the glamour of much of the vocal writing, particularly for Cleopatra; the richness, color, variety and imagination of the orchestration; the sureness of the workmanship; the sense of the theater; and the emotional power of its finest moments. An essential acquisition for anyone interested in the evolution of American opera.

Esther Hinds

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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Prologue
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Scene 1
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Antony and Cleopatra: "I am sick and sullen"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Orchestral Interlude
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Scene 2
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Scene 3
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Antony and Cleopatra: Slaves' dance
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Scene 4
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Antony and Cleopatra: Aria - "When first she met Mark Antony"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Vision of Cleopatra's barge
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 1
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 2
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Antony and Cleopatra: "Hush, here comes The Queen and Antony"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 3
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 4
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Antony and Cleopatra: Duet - "Oh take, oh take those lips away"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 5
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Antony and Cleopatra: Aria - "Hark! The land bids me tread no more upon it"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 6
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 7
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Antony and Cleopatra: Aria - "O sov'reign mistress"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Orchestral Interlude
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act II, Scene 8
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Antony and Cleopatra: "Where's Antony?"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Scene 1
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Antony and Cleopatra: Trio - "My lord, my lord! Noblest of men"
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Antony and Cleopatra: "The breaking of so great a thing"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Prelude
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Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Scene 2
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Antony and Cleopatra: "Here is a rural fellow"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Aria - "Give me my robe"
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Antony and Cleopatra: Death of Cleopatra
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