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Adams: Harmonielehre [Peter Oundjian, Royal Scottish National Orchestra] [Chandos: CHSA 5129] [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

John Adams, Peter Oundjian Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Peter Oundjian
  • Composer: John Adams
  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Harmonielehre - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2. Doctor Atomic Symphony - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
3. Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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In this new release Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra tackle two seminal works by the American composer John Adams. Harmonielehre, a symphony in all but name, is an expansive, richly expressive, and often breathtaking work. It takes its title from a 1911 text by Arnold Schoenberg on harmonic theory and evokes the lush soundworld of that composer's early tonal period. Also heard throughout the score are echoes of Mahler, Wagner, Strauss, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky. The piece also takes inspiration from some of Adams's own strange and surreal dreams. The Doctor Atomic Symphony, based on Adams's controversial opera Doctor Atomic, focuses on the character of the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer as preparations are made for the first test of the atomic bomb. Although played without a break, the symphony falls into three distinct sections: 'The Laboratory', 'Panic', and 'Trinity'. The symphony's concluding section takes its title from the name given to the bomb test site by Oppenheimer himself, with reference to a deeply spiritual John Donne sonnet. This poem is set to music at the end of Act I of the opera and here in the symphony the aria's intense vocal line is performed by solo trumpet. Also featured on the disc is John Adams's energetic fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Peter Oundjian, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamonielehre - SNO 10 Mar 2014
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Beautifully clear recording you can hear every note played by every instrument. This is a special work in the modern reportoire because it draws on all the influences from previous generations of composers. It is really a combination of a concerto for orchestra and symphony using all the tools to write for every instrument in the orchestra.

I have always liked the first movement but the last movement shows the influence of the American minimalist composers and how he has integrated his compositional methods to produce one of the most exciting recordings in the catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a dark and doomy introduction to John Adams 9 Jan 2014
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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra clearly have a fondness for science fiction, they re-recorded music from the first three Alien films, and this album has a wonderful cover that would not look out of place on a fifties creature feature.

The opening tracks from Dr Atomic provide a superbly dark and doomy introduction, that subsequent tracks do not altogether dispel. If you are new to John Adams, then this is excellent, although these are some of his darker works, those already familiar with Adams will likely, already have versions of some of these tracks. Adams completists might find the Doctor Atomic Symphony a slightly better bet as it includes the Guide to Strange Places, which does not appear to be available anywhere else.

This is a very well put together package, that puts an interesting spin on one of the best known of modern composers.
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