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Full Operas - Released June 29, 2018 | Nonesuch

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Opera - Released November 1, 1996 | Nonesuch

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Violin Concertos - Released April 27, 2018 | Nonesuch

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In 1994 John Adams composed his Violin Concerto, a work of breath-taking virtuosity written in an exhilarating and strongly rhythmic tone, sign that it was partly conceived for the New York City Ballet; even if the first movement is somewhat reminiscent − with its dreamlike atmosphere as well as fluid and elusive harmonies – of Berg’s Violin Concerto. It’s worth noting that the orchestra, in addition to its traditional elements, features a strong percussion section as well as two synthesisers that further add to the piece’s dreamlike and uncharted hue. That same year, violinist Leila Josefowicz (born in 1977) made her debut at Carnegie Hall in a concerto by Tchaikovsky conducted by Marriner: a big leap into what was to become an established international career. And it’s precisely for Josefowicz, small world indeed, that Adams wrote his dramatic symphony Scheherazade.2 for violin and orchestra: the bond between the soloist and the master is undeniably strong, and her interpretation couldn’t be more faithful to Adam’s original idea. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 12, 2007 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released February 27, 2007 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released December 25, 2006 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Classical - Released October 27, 2009 | Naxos

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Classical - Released March 31, 1994 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 31, 1994 | Warner Classics

Adams' Harmonielehre -- or "Harmony Teachings" -- derives its title from Arnold Schoenberg's 1911 book of the same title. Far in technique from Schoenberg's 12-tone style, yet separating from the minimalist school of composition, "Harmonielehre" in its three movements shows Adams returning to some of his finer works of the past and bursting forth with bright, energetic trumpet E minor chords in inconsistent rhythms. A darker second movement follows ("The Anfortas Wound"), followed by a bright and shimmering third movement, "Meister Eckhart and Quackie." Other pieces on this recording include "The Chairman Dances," featuring lines and phrases from Adams' opera Nixon in China -- an orchestral foxtrot between the Chairman and Mrs. Mao Tse Tung. Romantic and danceable, utilizing Chinese pentatonics. Two fanfares close the disc, most notably Adams' most famous composition, "Slow Ride on a Fast Machine." These works, particularly "Harmonielehre," show Adams severing ties with the minimalist camp, being more dynamic and emotional than many of the more static works of the minimalist canon -- hearkening back to many of the impressionist composers of the late 19th century (such as Debussy). ~ Mark W. B. Allender
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 30, 2016 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released January 8, 2007 | Nonesuch

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World - Released May 17, 2005 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Classical - Released January 8, 2007 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released September 22, 2008 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical - Released November 1, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released May 4, 2004 | Nonesuch