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Adams: Harmonium, Etc / Adams, San Francisco So, Et Al


Release Date: 06/20/2000 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79549   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Adams
Conductor:  John AdamsKent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraSan Francisco Symphony ChorusLondon Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

Imported from : UNITED KINGDOM   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Adams's evolution as a minimalist composer resonates loudly with sounds of self-exploration, and relentless pursuits of composing captivating works that are new, and boldly American. Musically filling the gaps between such notable composers as Philip Glass and Steve Reich, Adams's approach is uniquely different. He describes himself as "a minimalist bored with minimalism." Using a coloristic method, his orchestration of 'Harmonium' is triumphantly a primordial experience, celebrating the uses of the major and minor chord. Enamored with the simplicity of subtle shifts in chord structure, repetition, and sonority, Adams conveys musical drama with superior flexibility and control. Conducted by Adams, this performance by the San Francisco Read more Symphony and Chorus is marvelous, capturing the intrinsic spirit of the composer-ensemble synergy.
Choruses from 'The Death of Klinghoffer,' based on a 1984 hijacking, continue the exploration of the political tones in Adams's music. Described more as a medieval passion play, in Adams's words, 'The Death of Klinghoffer' utilizes frequent choral interludes, each conspiring to unveil suspense, leading to an articulate conclusion. Conductor Kent Nagano, with the Orchestra of the Opera de Lyon and London Opera Chorus, puts forward wonderful renditions. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Harmonium by John Adams
Conductor:  John Adams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 31 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Death of Klinghoffer: Chorus of the Exiled Palestinians by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Death of Klinghoffer: Chorus of the Exiled Jews by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Death of Klinghoffer: Ocean Chorus by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Death of Klinghoffer: Night Chorus by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Death of Klinghoffer: Chorus of Hagar and the Angel by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Death of Klinghoffer: Desert Chorus by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Death of Klinghoffer: Day Chorus by John Adams
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Maurice Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 

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