"Pas de deux" from Souviners
by Samuel Barber
So said Samuel Barber of his collection of evocative duets, written in 1952 but redolent of the past. These musical miniatures are like vintage snapshots, revealing Barber’s fond nostalgia of a bygone era and offering us tantalizing glimpses into his remembrance of lost time. In his “Pas de deux,” Barber elevates a simple dance to a human exchange of the most poignant intimacy.
— Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe