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4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist meets Romantic is a success, 6 Jan 2003
This review is from: Adams: Orchestral Works (Audio CD)
This is a highly enjoyable disc played with enthusiam and feeling by the CBSO under 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!

2008 info - This disc is now also available in different packaging at a reduced price in EMI's Gramophone Classic Music Guide recommends series. Search for - John Adams Harmonielehre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adams (and Rattle) at their electrifying best, 20 Oct 2006
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John Adams' status as the premier living American composer is well-earned: he manages somehow to fuse an awareness of the time he is writing for and a real artistic integrity with the ability to write music of incredibly broad appeal . This CD provides a fantastic introduction to his work, performed with zeal , intensity and accuracy by a top-notch ensemble, with a first-rate conductor, in a world-beating concert hall. What more could you want?

The focal point of the disc is undoubtably Adams' masterpiece 'Harmonielehre', which fuses Minimalism's sense of drive and energy with the lush harmonies and langorous melodic lines of late Romanticism (hence the title, taken from a textbook on late Romantic harmony by none other than Arnold Schoenberg) - its jaw-dropping first chords provide one of the most arresting openings in contemporary music. Nonetheless, there is a well-chosen selection of other works by Adams on the disc too, which showcase the range and variety of his output. 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine', in particular, is a great little example of saying a lot in a very short time (the very opposite of what minimalism is often accused of). Overall, an excellent buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to contempory orchestral music, 5 April 2013
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I find much contemporary orchestral music to be to abstract but this cd is highly enjoyable and exciting. Sir Simon at his best.
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