Guy sings Adagio for Strings A Capella.

Guy sings Adagio for Strings A Capella.

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  1. He’s good.

    It’s not really a cappella though… He’s just singing the choral arrangement by Barber. The orchestra one is more popular, but he wrote a full choir version too. I’ve sung this version in a choir and in the right space it just blows your mind.

    I’m being nitpicky, but choirs aren’t really referred to as a cappella.

  2. Honestly, Barber’s Adagio for strings is one of the most heart wrenching pieces of music I’ve ever heard. I particularly like the version for Choir, since the slight annunciations give it a slightly more human grounding, adding to its already brilliant poignancy.

    And yes, this is a very good recording of it, so glad to have found this on the front page.

  3. Matt Curtis! This guy sang with the professional group Chanticleer when I was part of their youth program. Check them out if you have a chance — they’re pretty incredible.

  4. Such a beautiful piece. We played Barber’s Adagio for strings in my high school chamber orchestra during my sophomore year and got a standing ovation with many people crying afterwards. To this day it is my favorite piece of music that I have ever performed. Thank you for posting this!

  5. Second time I’ve cried to this song tonight. Saw it in an /r/askreddit thread earlier. Such a powerfully heartbreaking song, I wouldn’t have expected one person to cover it so well, even using acapella. Such incredible range.

    I need tissues again. Been a rough night.

  6. Mothership. Mothership. Mothership.

    Zeeeerrrrrrrmoo.

    All ships auto-launching…

    Noones left. Everything’s gone. Kharak is burning…

    Kharak is being consumed by a firestorm.

    The scaffold has been destroyed.

    All orbital facilities destroyed.

    Significant debris ring in low Kharak orbit.

    Receiving no communication from anywhere in the system…

    Not even beacons….

    Wait, on the maintenance frequency. I’m getting a signal from the cryo-tray systems in orbit. One of them is suffering a massive malfunction.

    The cryo-tray are under attack, defend them!

  7. This song always reminds me of EDC Las Vagas 2011, main stage with Tiesto; the sun rising behind him with the moon, Venus, and Jupiter all in conjunction just above him.

  8. When I was 13 my dad took me to see Platoon at the cinema. At some point I just bawled, I couldn’t help it. I was trying to hide it from my dad and on the way out to the car he asked me what was wrong and I said it was just the film and the horror of it all, but really it was the music, adagio for strings. It’s never left me and hearing it takes me back to that night instantly (you weren’t there man, you didn’t see it, you couldn’t know what it was like), and this was quite beautiful.

    Never going to be bored of any variation of this piece.

  9. God imagine how many takes this took as he sat numerous times singing the same song in one flourish. if he choked, restart. if he was out of pitch, restart. Someone makes a sound audible by mic, restart. and how many hours of audio recorded just to make this.

    absolute passion

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