Samuel Barber

Dover Beach, for baritone (or mezzo-soprano) & string quartet, Op. 3

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    This brooding song for baritone and string quartet, written in the days preceding World War II, might be taken as an attempt to warn, for it sets with almost miraculous appropriateness one of the grimmest poems of World War I. It is a marvel of lyricism, yet is mysteriously touching throughout. Incidentally, Barber was a well-trained singer and, singing this piece, became perhaps the only classical composer to sing one of his own works on a professional, major-label recording.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795982
    2015 ATMA Classique ACD 22701
    2013 Sono Luminus DSL 92166
    2013 Summit Records SMT 613
    2012 Music@Menlo LIVE 201202
    2011 ABC Classics ABC 4764363
    2011 Meridian Records CDE 84603
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968728
    2010 EMI Classics
    2010 Sony Music Distribution 770278
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969523
    2007 Hyperion 67528
    2005 Angel Records / EMI Music Distribution 58050
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 474685
    2002 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4595062
    1999 Pearl GEM0049
    1999 SNE 629
    1998 RCA 902668771
    1996 Sony Music Distribution 62709
    1996 VAI Audio 1122
    1995 Virgin 45033
    1994 DG Deutsche Grammophon 435867
    1992 Sony Classical 46727
    Amplitude Records 2009