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American Grace - Piano Music From Steven Mackey & John Adams / Orli Shaham

Mackey / Adams / Shaham / Los Angeles Philharmonic
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Canary Classics   Catalog #: 11   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John AdamsSteven Mackey
Performer:  Jon Kimura ParkerOrli Shaham
Conductor:  David Robertson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Hallelujah Junction by John Adams
Performer:  Jon Kimura Parker (Piano), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Stumble to Grace, for piano & orchestra by Steven Mackey
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano)
Conductor:  David Robertson
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Live  Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, C 
Length: 26 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Sneaky March, for piano by Steven Mackey
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
China Gates by John Adams
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 An album of connections March 13, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This album is all about connections -- and those connections help make this release such a strong program of contemporary piano music. Orli Shaham and Steven Mackey are close personal friends. His piano concerto "Stumbling to Grace" was composed for her, and in this recording, the performance is conducted by David Robertson, Orli's husband. These close connections facilitate communication, and to my ears, translate into a superior composition and performance. The music is well-suited to Shaham's technique, and she plays with a deep understanding of the material. And the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Robertson, is right there with her. This concerto, as the name implies, is one with a destination in mind. Disjointed themes gradually coalesce over the course of the 26-minute work, stumbling towards a satisfying finale that pulls all the pieces together. Without a deep understanding of the structure and purpose of all these seemingly unrelated bits, the concerto could come off as rambling mess. In this case, though, composer, soloist, and conductor all seem to be of one mind, And the result is phenomenal. The John Adams works included are also worth the price of admission. Shaham breezes through "China Gates" with metronomic precision tempered by an expressive delicacy. Hallelujah Junction, a work for two pianos, is another outstanding performance. Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham are perfectly matched, sounding like a single uber-pianist." Report Abuse
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