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Adagio for Strings
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Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works of the twentieth century. Starting life as the second movement of his String Quartet in 1936, he transcribed it two years later for string orchestra. It was played in this form for the first time under Arturo Toscanini. Barber had been rather taken aback when the conductor, having expressed an interest in his music, returned the manuscripts of the Adagio and his First Essay for Orchestra without any comment. He later discovered that this was not a sign of rejection, but simply that Toscanini, whose memory was phenomenal, had no further need of the scores. The seemingly effortless invention of the Adagio displays his extraordinary gift for melody, perhaps not so surprising in a trained singer, as well as his ability to make a basically consonant harmonic style sound fresh and original.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2000

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67146 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-14614
Duration
8'04
Recording date
14 June 1999
Recording venue
Ripon Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Organ Dreams, Vol. 2 (CDA67146)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: May 2000
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