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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
Format:Audio CD
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
Format:Audio CD
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 Moved to tears March 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I find myself dancing and moving to a rythm i already seem to know. Wow, i just have to share that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quit calling it minimalism! Nov. 8 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 costs. These pieces do show some influence of the minimalist period, but both pieces are such richly vested with luscious melodies and a strong sense of change that we'd be insane to label them as minimalist.
Kremer, always a consummate musician, provides us with yet another gorgeous recording. Kent Nagano, the conductor, works well with kremer here - the LSO's attack on this piece perfectly parallels Kremer's slicing approach. The piece will swell to points where you'd think the speakers would burst from the intensity, and then drop back down to a quiet, almost sinister set of pizzicati lines.
It's quite a rush. This piece is definitely in the running for one of the great violin concerti of the 20th century
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our greatest living composer July 22 2001
Format:Audio CD
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. I emphatically disagree with "A music fan"'s review.
I don't think it's "mind-numbing"; I think it's spiritual and exciting. To me it's the most substantial music being created in our times.
I'm really sorry that anyone could fail to enjoy it, and really recommend others to listen for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two of minimalism's finest works Oct. 15 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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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
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Published on May 2 2000 by G. Faville
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Published on April 1 2000 by Hal Helms
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Published on Jan. 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation from a significant composer
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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
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