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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 September 2013
The John Matthias poem says it all .....

A Note on Barber's Adagio
John Matthias
for Dónal Gordon

...Back in autumn 1963
Samuel Barber was alone and driving through
November rain in Iowa or Kansas.
When he turned on his radio he heard
Them playing his Adagio for Strings.
Sick to death of his most famous composition,
He turned the dial through the static
Until once again, and clearly--
The Adagio for Strings. When a third station, too,
And then a fourth, were playing it, he thought
He must be going mad. He turned off the radio
And stopped the car and got out by a fence
Staring at the endless open space in front of him
Where someone on a tractor plowed
On slowly in the rain...

The president had been assassinated
Earlier that day, but Barber didn't know it yet.
He only knew that every station in America was playing
His Adagio for Strings.
He only knew he didn't know
Why he should be responsible for such an ecstasy of grief.
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on 15 March 2015
If you like this piece it's also worth checking out the choral version by King's College Choir called Agnus Dei which is sublime. I don't need to tell you this is a great tune, I believe it's been the No.1 classical piece in the US for some time, this is a good recording of it though (not that I have listened to many others by way of comparison).

I also like the William Orbit electronic version of it, but I think for me it works best as a choral or string piece. Anyway 99p well spent!
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on 10 August 2013
Often accused of being a funereal piece but is nevertheless a beautiful piece for strings. Extremely relaxing and serene, lovley
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on 1 March 2013
Barber's 'Adagio' nbever fails to soothe and inspire, so reflective, and used to listen to on its own or wjilst reading on my Kindle Fire.
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on 25 February 2014
Never tire of hearing this, lovely moving piece, really relaxing, the whole family love it - even gets thumbs up from younger ones!
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on 2 April 2013
Chose this piece to replace an earlier piece. the quality was excellent and I am well pleased would recommend to anyone.
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on 15 February 2016
.....HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD IT......
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on 22 November 2015
Excellent
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