Below: Stephen Beus plays Samuel Barber's Sonata, 4th Mvt.
Below: Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto Mvt. 2; Anne Akiko Meyers Conductor: George Pehlivanian; Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Below: "Adagio for Strings" op.11.: L. Slatkin / BBC Symphony Orchestra. Date: September 15, 2001
... and another VHS-taped version -- of slightly different video and audio quality -- of the same performance of "Adagio for Strings" as above...
About the Gruppman /. Miami Int. performance on YouTube: I feel as some commenters noted on the other youtube Barber "Adagio..." (AfS) feat. L. Slatkin/BBC (the non-uncut version -- see above) ... that being spoon-fed emotional images (from 9/11 or whatever) greatly detracts from the power of this piece. “AfS” may be, IMO, the most emotionally-lyrical composition ever written. In the media world, it has only really worked in (IMO) The Elephant Man (1980) -- and that scene (and movie itself) was not true to the real-life accounts of Joseph Merrick. The scenes were deliberately "inflated" for emotional Romanticism and melancholy. But Romantic-lyricism was/is Barber's gift.
Also, and to be honest, the Gruppman / Miami performance is not that good. Then again, not many major orchestras/famous conductors get AfS right. Best are: Thomas Schippers/NY Phil (1965), Neville Marriner /Academy-of-St-Martin-in-the-Fields (1976) and David Zinnman/Baltimore Symph. Orch. (1992). Also, the Sept. 15, 2001 Slatkin/BBC performance is very good. The uncut youtube version is the one to hear/see (but still wish BBC showed only conductor and orchestra -- no cutaway to flags and patriotic spectators). The other “9/11” version is emotionally-pretentious.
The Music Of America: Samuel Barber (2010 Sony 3-CD set) Amazon link
Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 -- Asian Youth Orchestra 1/3
BBC Proms 2007: British film music, 1/14, William Walton - Battle of Britain - 'Battle In The Air' and BBC Proms page (pgm)
BBC 2004 Poll -- Saddest Music
Thomas Larson - The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings
Commemorative issue American Music Series - Composers & Conductors (Sept 1997)
BBC Maestro Series; TOP TEN CONDUCTORS
Hollywood Rhapsody conducted by John Wilson (BBC); John Wilson home page
William Walton: williamwalton.net