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.
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!