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He may have been one of America's greatest cultural exports, but Barber was never quite the model patriot. Donald Macleod charts the composer's ambivalent relationship with his country, including a spell in the army which was always very much on the musician's terms.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Samuel Barber

    Commando March

    Performers: Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Frederick Fennell (conductor)

    • TELARC CD 80099.
    • 4.
  • Samuel Barber

    Wondrous Love Op.34

    Performer: Ian Quinn (organ)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10489.
    • 10.
  • Samuel Barber

    Hermit Songs: The Monk and his Cat

    Performers: Barbara Bonney (soprano), André Previn (piano)

    • DECCA 4555112.
    • 27.
  • Samuel Barber

    Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil

    Performers: Dunedin Consort, Ben Parry (conductor)

    • LINN CKD117.
    • 6.
  • Samuel Barber

    Songs Op.10 no.1

    Performers: Thomas Hampson (baritone), John Browning (piano)

    • DG 435 8672 CD1.
    • 14.
  • Samuel Barber

    Songs Op.10 no. 3

    Performers: Thomas Hampson (baritone), John Browning (piano)

    • DG 435 8672 CD1.
    • 16.
  • Samuel Barber

    Violin Concerto

    Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn (conductor)

    • DG 439 886-2.
    • 1 to 3.

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