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"meditative...striking...touchingly played by Barnes and the quintet, "Annunciation" is a romantic, late-period Glass masterwork."
- Lincoln Journal Star review of world premiere performance, Lied Center for Performing Arts, 4/17/18

"You have a world-class pianist there in Paul Barnes," .... "The guy can play the piano, he's a pure piano virtuoso. I'm there because he asked me to write a piece. I've been playing and working with him for years. He's made some beautiful arrangements of pieces from my music."
- Philip Glass

"Barnes is a fine pianist and gives us a performance of resounding conviction."
- British Society Newsletter

"It is a majestic, reverential performance that elevates listeners to the sacred experience Barnes so eloquently desribes in the lecture."
- Clavier Magazine

"American pianist Paul Barnes breaks distrust of modern music."
- Lidove Noviny, Czech Republic

"Barnes is an expressive pianist with a lovely tone and a flair for the dramatic."
- American Record Guide

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