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  • Composer: John Adams
  • Audio CD (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Analekta
  • ASIN: B004H1Z3VY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Road Movies (for violin and piano): Relaxed Groove
2. Road Movies (for violin and piano): Meditative
3. Road Movies (for violin and piano): 40% Swing
4. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (for String Quartet) - Excerpts:Hammer & Chisel
5. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (for String Quartet) - Excerpts:Habanera
6. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (for String Quartet) - Excerpts:Ständchen: The Little Serenade
7. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (for String Quartet) - Excerpts:Judah to Ocean
8. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (for String Quartet) - Excerpts:Dogjam
9. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (for String Quartet) - Excerpts:Rag the Bone
10. Shaker Loops (for string septet ): I. Shaking and Trembling
11. Shaker Loops (for string septet ): II. Hymning Slews
12. Shaker Loops (for string septet ): III. Loops and Verses
13. Shaker Loops (for string septet ): IV. A Final Shaking

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After dedicating two notable Portraits recordings to Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, Angèle Dubeau now turns her attention to the world of John Adams, perhaps the most fundamentally American of contemporary composers.

Après avoir consacré deux enregistrements remarqués à Philip Glass et Arvo Pärt, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà aborde aujourd’hui l’univers de John Adams, peut-être bien le plus foncièrement américain des compositeurs contemporains.


  • Road Movies for violin and piano

  • 1. I: Relaxed Groove
  • 2. II: Meditative
  • 3. III: 40% Swing
  • Shaker Loops for string septet

  • 4. I. Shaking and Trembling
  • 5. II. Hymning Slews
  • 6. III. Loops and Verses
  • 7. IV. A Final Shaking
  • John’s Book of Alleged Dances for String Quartet

  • 8. Judah to Ocean
  • 9. Dogjam
  • 10. Rag the Bone
  • 11. Habanera
  • 12. Hammer & Chisel
  • 13. Ständchen : The Little Serenade
  • From the Artist

    “Just like the music of Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, John Adams’ music speaks to me. Bearing a particular imprint, it is music that captivates me, a complex creation but without the artifice of a composer who is becoming or has become history. I wanted also to propose compelling works, with different ensembles, like a musical portrait for my instrument.

    I like its haunting rhythm, its communicative and frenetic energy, wondering where I might cast the anchor. I always enjoy working, polishing and refining the tone colours of music and La Pietà gives me the instrument, the possibility to shape this sound texture. Here, John Adams’ music has inspired me, like a prism of colour and light.

    In this musical visit, I have expressed my desire to go beyond, to grant myself an adrenaline rush called challenge. Truly, playing this music requires daring. This could be my most ambitious project with La Pietà! Here is John Adams - Portrait: Happy listening!” Angèle Dubeau

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Roy on April 18 2011
    Format: Audio CD
    This third portrait from Angele Dubeau and La Pieta encouraged me to discover those modern great composers. They aren't easy but just give them a try. After a couple of listenings you are completely under the charm. What energy, what virtuosity, what sensibility! Madame Dubeau, please continue and give us more to discover. Your pleasure to play difficult music help me so much to search for excellence. Thanks so much.
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