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Violin Concerto

John Adams Audio CD
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1. Violin Concerto (1993): I Quarter Note = 78
2. Violin Concerto (1993): II Chaconne: Body Through Which The Dream Flows
3. Violin Concerto (1993): III Toccare
4. Shaker Loops (1977-83): I Shaking And Trembling
5. Shaker Loops (1977-83): II Hymning Slews
6. Shaker Loops (1977-83): III Loops And Verses
7. Shaker Loops (1977-83): IV A Final Shaking

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Parce qu'elle est accessible, mélodieuse et fondée sur des harmonies simples et claires, la musique de l'Américain John Adams (né en 1947) s'est heurtée au mépris des tenants de la modernité "pure et dure". Or cette musique résolument "post- moderne" possède énormément de charme, que ce soit dans les curieux et bondissants Shaker Loops, à l'écriture répétitive, ou dans le Concerto pour violon (1993) qui, brillamment servi par Gidon Kremer, force le respect par son classicisme hautement civilisé. --Michel Marmin

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4.0 out of 5 stars harmonia in excelsis Nov. 11 2001
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I must agree with Mr. Bartlett, particularly with regard to "Ceiling." It may well be because his Violin Concerto and Harmonielehre are so powerful. 4.5 stars.
Interesting, and likely intentional, is that two names in the extensive liner book fail to mention two great and glaringly obvious precursors: Carl Orff and Raymond Scott. Without "Carmina Burana," there would be no "Harmonium." Orff has his mark all over Adams's gifted and epic compositions. Similarly, though there are glib references to "cartoon music," the polymath engineer/musician Scott is a seminal figure in American music, and casts a large shadow over the witty juxtapositions and sense of play one loves in Adams's work. In all, an excellent career overview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nonesuch delivers.Again Nov. 26 2002
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John adams is one of the most popular living composers of"modern" classical music[I believe the cutoff point, though arbitrary is usually WWII}.I came to him late, through my husband. Modersn classical music , I said? What the hell is that?My husband kept playing bits and pieces of adams for me, and more and more i found myself amazed. and swayed. His operas have been groundbreaking{Nixon in China} controversial{Death Of klinghoffer},his compostions sublimely beautiful{shaker Loops or harmonium].HIS STATURE IS WORTHY THEN OF SUCH A MONUMENTAL CAREER SPANNING BOX SET.This 10 disc set[great value, again from NONESUCH}encompasses Adams' entire career,and though there are some misses here{I was looking at the ceiling and then i saw the sky doesnt quite fit},it is still magnificent. the Highlights are ,{for me} the Wound Dresser, Chamber symphony,Violin Concerto, of course, Shaker Loops and Harmonuim are wonderful. The true jewels here are Nixon in China,the Chairman dances and the Death of Klinghoffer,which is simply a masterpiece. The set comes with a wonderful book, which contains essay's by Robert Hurwitz {An Uncommon Man}renaud Machart[John adams as seen from europe} and Essays before an earbox by Adams himself.A Chronology and dicography are included. A wonderful study of an American original,worth the investment, Highly highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two of minimalism's finest works Oct. 15 2000
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These two works by American composer John Adams, "Violin Concerto" (1993) and "Shaker Loops" (1977, revised 1983) are two of the finest minimalist works I've ever heard. Adams is one of the few minimalist composers that has evolved into something else. He hasn't limited himself strictly to that genre.
The earlier of these two works "Shaker Loops" is the more traditionally minimalist of the two. Even then, it is still breaking away from strict minimalism. The pulsating repetiveness is still there, but there are more lyrical passages that release and provided a much needed rest from the intensity of the hard repetition. Scored for string orchestra, its often hard to imagine that only strings are making these sounds.
The "Violin Concerto" concerto is easily the more mature of the two works. At this point in his career, Adams is definately "post-minimalist" (all these labels mean virtually nothing!) New music advocate Gidon Kremer is the perfect choice as soloist for this piercing, energetic and exciting work. It is a piece often brimming with energy. It is also important that such a major contemporary composer is going back and returning to a very popular and traditional form considering that most modern composers do whatever they see fit by either inventing new forms or abandoning form entirely. The violin almost never stops completely overpowering the orchestra's understated but excellent part. The third movement in particular is quite unlike most violin concertos. Very spiky and fun.
A splendid pair of works by one of today's most famour composers. The violin concerto, especially is worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new music May 2 2000
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If you're checking out this site you are probably already familiar with Adam's music. I was first introduced to Adams with A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which I had the good fortune to perform in an orchestra. I then bought Fearful Symmetries (primarily because of the cool title) and loved that as well, being a fan already of minimalism through Glass, Reich, and Riley. Adams has really taken his music in directions far away from all of those composers. The violin concerto on this disc is not altogether solid, in my opinion. The first movement does little for me. Adams lays down a beautiful blanket of sound with the orchestra and writes what seems like improvisatory thoughts in the violin part over the top of it. It takes repeated listens to start hearing and recognizing the motifs and appreciating the overarching structure to the movement. The movement just doesn't speak to me. The second movement, on the other hand, is an absolutely beautiful chaconne that to me carries a lot of melancholy and nostalgia on the violin line, but you will hear what you want to. The price of the CD is worth it for this movement alone. The Toccare is a real showpiece, perpetual motion style driving rhythm, that must be a real finger buster. Shaker Loops is more of the real minimalist piece here, and it was composed about 10 to 15 years earlier than the concerto. I love listening to it. It works the best as background music, in my opinion, unless you are going to see it live. Tune in once in a while and you'll hear some really clever harmonic turns underneath all the texture. One of the things that I love about minimalistic music is also how you can get lost in thought listening to the patterns, then suddenly realize everything is completely different in the music and you wonder how it got that way without you noticing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moved to tears
Never before in my life was i moved so intensely and directly by classical music. I put the first cd in my player and a few minutes later tears are flowing. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by E. During
5.0 out of 5 stars Quit calling it minimalism!
I think if John Adams were to read some of the earlier reviews that referred to him as a minimalist and to these pieces as minimalist works, he would hunt down the reviewers at all... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Our greatest living composer
As a composer, I'm staggered that anyone could fail to be gripped by this music.
That anyone can use the words "spoiled, overrated" amazes me. Read more
Published on July 22 2001 by Mr. F. L. Dunkin Wedd
1.0 out of 5 stars a music lover
Imagine a music collection of the most spoiled, overrated composer in the U.S. Here is it. A collection of mind-numbing mediocre music. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge music
This disc is extraordinary: the orchestral playing is clean and well recorded, and Gidon Kremer executes the solo part with color and precision. Read more
Published on May 10 2000 by D. B. Rathbun
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
This compilation should turn even the most curmudgeonly listerner into a fan. Beautifully recorded, great notes -- and it's a heck of a bargain!
Published on April 1 2000 by Hal Helms
5.0 out of 5 stars So much, so good, so well put together
Adams has a great diversity to his projects. He works with great collaborators and gets amazing results. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation from a significant composer
This is an extensive compilation of the primary works of the last 25 years from one of America's most important and best-loved living composers, John Adams. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 1999 by C. P. Cooman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest violin concertos of this century
I think the greatest violin concertos of this century are the one by Stravinsky, Shostakovich's First, Glass' Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and John Adams' Concerto. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 1999
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