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As one of America’s most significant composers, it is surprising that Barber’s organ works were only published in 2010 to mark his centenary. Innig’s fine recording presents these pieces in chronological order, illustrating the composer’s development. The earlier works therefore reflect Barber’s academic absorption of the styles of renaissance contrapuntalists and J.S. Bach, with two chorale partitas recorded here for the first time. Barber was also prone to arranging some of his orchestral works, including a charming Chorale Prelude on ‘Silent Night’. It took 10 years, though, for Barber to authorise the publication of an organ version of the famous Adagio for Strings and naturally that is included here. Complete with comprehensive notes, this is a fascinating insight into a lesser-known side of Barber’s work.

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