Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty (2017)

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Known for his mournful "Adagio for Strings," Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. "Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty" is a probing exploration of the American composer's music and melancholia.

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H. Paul Moon
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Marin Alsop Marin Alsop ... Herself
Pierre Brévignon Pierre Brévignon ... Himself
John Corigliano John Corigliano ... Himself
Thomas Hampson Thomas Hampson ... Himself
Barbara Heyman Barbara Heyman ... Herself
Thomas Larson Thomas Larson
J. Reilly Lewis J. Reilly Lewis
William Sharp William Sharp ... Himself
Leonard Slatkin Leonard Slatkin ... Himself
Terry Teachout Terry Teachout ... Himself
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Known for his mournful "Adagio for Strings," Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. "Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty" is a probing exploration of the American composer's music and melancholia.

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A feature-length documentary about the composer of the Adagio for Strings


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English

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23 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Samuel Barber: Despite and Still See more »

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Zen Violence Films See more »
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color
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The title says it all
16 July 2017 | by baron-9See all my reviews

This is a well-researched documentary about the life of the American composer Samuel Barber, who died in 1981. It has interviews with people who knew him in various ways, as well as older footage of interviews with Barber himself and many others, including his life-long partner Gian Carlo Menotti. Excerpts of his music range through most of his career. It shows where he grew up (West Chester PA), where he lived most of his working life (Mt. Kisco, NY), and where he studied, starting at age 14 (Curtis Institute, Philadelphia).

It is simply a must-see for any fan of Barber's music. And if you are not yet a fan yet, it is a good introduction. Barber lived in the 20th century and developed his own harmonic style, but he was a romantic at heart, closer in spirit to Brahms than to most others composing "classical" music at the same time.

It aired on some PBS stations on July 15.


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