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The American Masters: Barber, Corigliano, Bates - Anne Akiko Meyers (violin); London Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
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  1. Violin Concerto, Op. 14
  2. Lullaby for Natalie, for violin & orchestra
  3. Violin Concerto
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The American Masters may be an invidious title considering that two of the three works here are world premieres, and one composer, 1977-born Mason Bates, is hardly a household word. But the three composers represent a chain of influence and a thread in American music that has gradually emerged as critically important: tonal in orientation, Romantic in aesthetic, and yet not really describable with the word "conservative." The booklet notes, well worth reading for his take on the story of the genesis of Samuel Barber's ...