Brian Zeger cannot stop talking about Barton’s versatility.
There were a few times where Zeger pointed out the flexibility in Barton’s voice as a true mark of her artistry. “I knew how rich Jamie’s voice was and how opulent and how gorgeous. But to be able to move up to these piannisimo… You shouldn’t be able to do that actually. I didn’t think those two things were allowed in the same person. That was a bit of a shock.” He would repeat the comment a while later after performing a few Mahler selections.
Barton does not listen to recordings when learning a new piece.
“I learn things really quickly by ear. And that is a blessing and a curse,” revealed Barton. “If I listen too much, especially to someone who I feel an affinity with, I’ll take on their interpretation. And that’s not good. That’s not the point. I personally have to keep the recordings away until I have learned them and performed them.”