Sa­muel Bar­Ber

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Or­gan Works (MC SACD MDG 917-2010-6) When Sa­muel Bar­ber was young, he told his mother he in­tended to be a mu­si­cian, and not to try to dis­suade him. Luck­ily, his mother com­plied, and Bar­ber be­came one of the great mu­si­cal voices of the 20th cen­tury. Or­gan Works is a fine col­lec­tion of Bar­ber’s works for the in­stru­ment, ably per­formed by Ru­dolph In­nig, which in­cludes a lovely tran­scrip­tion of Bar­ber’s most well­known work, the Ada­gio for Strings. Bar­ber him­self did the ar­range­ment for or­gan. The piece was per­formed at the fu­ner­als of Pres­i­dents Roo­sevelt and Kennedy and at the memo­rial ser­vices for Grace Kelly and Al­bert Ein­stein. It is one of the many high­lights on this disc, an­other be­ing the recorded sound of the Schule Or­gan at the HeiligKreuz-Kirche at Det­mold which has been cap­tured in multi-chan­nel on the 5.1-layer of this SACD. Rec­om­mended. Mel Martin au­

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