Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty (DVD)

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Known for his mournful Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. This film is a probing exploration of his music and melancholia. Performance, oral history, musicology, and biography combine to explore the life and music of one of America’s greatest composers. Featuring Thomas Hampson, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop and many more of the world's leading experts on Barber's music, with tributes from composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson and William Schuman.

This beautifully packaged, shrink-wrapped DVD with full-color artwork includes an interactive chapter menu to each composition, and a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound mix, with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

The film was broadcast on PBS, and screened at numerous film festivals internationally, with three best-of awards. It was named a Recording of the Year 2017 by MusicWeb International, and Critic's Choice by Opera News in 2018.

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