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Adams: Harmonielehre CD


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Product details

  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000UYWG9E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Harmonielehre: Part ISir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra17:29Album Only
Listen  2. Harmonielehre: Part II - The Anfortas WoundSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra12:26Album Only
Listen  3. Harmonielehre: Part III - Meister Eckhardt and QuackieSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra10:34Album Only
Listen  4. The Chairman Dances - Foxtrot for orchestraSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra12:47Album Only
Listen  5. Tromba lontanaSir Simon Rattle/Jonathan Holland/Wesley Warren/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Fanfare for orchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 13 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a repackaging and rerelease at a bargain price of a highly enjoyable disc originally released in 1994. The music is played with enthusiam and feeling by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle.

Anyone who appreciates the more creative side of minimalism, and late romantic/early twentieth music should like this.

In Harmonielehre Adams opens his pulsating minimalist style up to the insights of late romantic music, achieving by the third (final)movement a beguiling luminous synthesis. This piece has a good range of expression and tempo and is a fine well rounded work.

I didn't find the Chairman dances to be up to the same standard: Adams' trademark PULSE is sustained throughout and it does get a bit wearing.

The disc has a great conclusion in the fanfare 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine', which begins optimistically before intimations of impending disaster and a devil may care finale. Such a pity that live performances in the U.K have repeatedly been cancelled as they have ended up coming just after disasters which would make the title appear too bad taste. Hear it Here!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
This recording was a one of Simon Rattle's great successes during his CBSO years - there were plenty others of course. The programme is similar to Edo de Waart's Nonesuch recording, sharing the two fanfares and "The Chairman Dances". There is ample reason to have both because the other works mark both of these recordings out. The Edo de Waart recording has the luminous, vibrant and all too rarely performed "Common Tones in Simple Time" whilst the Rattle has "Harmonielehre". Both performances lead the competition and both works are major creations.

"Harmonielehre" takes its title from a book by Arnold Schoenberg and reflects its late romantic background. John Adams's relationship to the music and ideas of Shoenberg are quite enigmatic - his own Chamber Symphony quotes explicitly from Schoenberg's own First Chamber Symphony and adds rhythmic bite and cartoon antics.

The pounding opening of "Harmonielehre" is particularly exciting and more "early Stravinsky meets minimalism" but after a few minutes the music melts into yearning romantic music before returning to the dynamism of its opening. The slow movement is almost excusively late romantic in language with an anguished climax and Mahlerian sigh fromt he high strings. The finale starts with a luminous innocence but key tensions build up to a huge climax that resolves the work in pounding and exultant fashion. This tension between keys is reminiscent of the latter stages in finale of Nielsen's 5th Symphony and every bit as satisfying.

"The Chairman Dances" is more extrovert in this setting than in its original operatic source "Nixon in China". Here it is a big orchestral dance showpiece with glitz and schmaltz plus a big nod to Ravel.
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By NN on 28 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Adams' orchestral masterpiece which marries the propulsive rhythms of minimalism with the expressive vocabulary of late romanticism is here given a strong performance by the CBSO and Simon Rattle that generates considerable musical energy . The fillers on the disc are attractive too.
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