|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|
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 18 2004 by E. During
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 morePublished on Nov. 8 2001
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2000
This disc is extraordinary: the orchestral playing is clean and well recorded, and Gidon Kremer executes the solo part with color and precision. Read morePublished on May 10 2000 by D. B. Rathbun
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
Adams has a great diversity to his projects. He works with great collaborators and gets amazing results. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2000
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 morePublished on Oct. 24 1999 by C. P. Cooman