Copland & Barber: In the beginning & other choral works
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In a BBC broadcast in 1982, an admiring American voice described Barber’s Adagio as coming ‘straight from the heart, to use the old-fashioned term. The sense of continuity, the steadiness of the flow, the satisfaction of the arch that it creates from beginning to end. They’re all very gratifying, satisfying and it makes you believe in the sincerity which he [Barber] obviously put into it.’
Flattering words … from none other than Aaron Copland.
from notes by Ken Walton © 2000