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The World's Greatest Music
The Welsh songbird flies over the Atlantic to pluck some American classics for her Collection.
Samuel Barber is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century but we largely know and love him for one outstanding piece. His Adagio for Strings was originally the second movement of his String Quartet. It was performed for the first time in 1938 in a radio broadcast conducted by the great Arturo Toscanini who also took the piece on tour to Europe and South America. It’s a real favourite too of film directors. You can hear it being put to use on the soundtracks to The Elephant Man, Platoon, pictured, and all sorts of other films and TV shows. 'But the tear-jerking original can’t be beaten,' says Katherine.
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