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Bleak, explosive and utterly compelling - this is among Adam's best discs. Post minimalism at it's finest - pounding percussion, repetive chord and cell formations - restless strings and brazen wind and brass - all combine to thrill and chill. This powerfully underlines Adam's place at the forefront of contemporary music, bettered only by the genius of Philip Glass.
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on 8 August 2014
First heard the music live amongst some classical stuff at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (you know - only the best acoustics in Europe) and it brought so much freshness and energy! Wonderfully disturbing and tense music.
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on 29 July 2009
Adams has condensed his full length opera into an extraordinary, powerful, tight, muscular, but rather short symphony, which surely gives credence to those who argue that most (if not all) opera is overblown and indulgent. I really don't think that anything much is lost from the original in this shorter piece. Speaking of shorter pieces, it's a shame the symphony is coupled with just one other piece running at just over 20 minutes - surely they can give better value for money than this!
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on 26 September 2009
A Horrifying Story of the first successful nuclear detonation. A symphony of the
Opera 'Dr Atomic'. I am not sure whether I would be interested in attending the stage performance but the symphony in a small way describes the drama of the opera with the use of wind and brass instruments together with the timpani. The strings are of course involved My own daughter a violinist of St. Louis Symphony Orch described the excitement of the
playing the symphony which originally encouraged me to buy a copy. The music is contemporary but does stand well within any other music composed in the 20th Century.
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on 18 August 2014
This is not the version I had supposed
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