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John Adams: The Chairman Dances (1987)

John Adams: The Chairman Dances (1987)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 204 MB
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Combining the vocabulary of classical dance with a suggestion of traditional Chinese lyric gestures and pageantry, The Chairman Dances builds on the repetitiveness of its minimalist score and boldly colorful staging.

It features a lead dancer and a corps of 16 women attired in brilliantly colored Chinese-style costumes, with decor by Rouben Ter-Arutunian.

The ballet was inspired by a scene originally written for, but not included in, the production of Adams’ opera, Nixon in China, that of Chairman Mao dancing with his future bride, the movie star Chiang Ch’ing.

Tracklisting

    1 Foxtrot For Orchestra: The Chairman Dances
    2 Christian Zeal And Activity
    3 Two Fanfares For Orchestra: Tromba lontana
    4 Two Fanfares For Orchestra: Short Ride In A Fast Machine
    5 Common Tones In Simple Time

    San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
    Edo de Waart, conductor

    Nonesuch 9 79144-2

Here be Mao;

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April 29, 2008 Posted by | John Adams, Music_Classical, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

John Adams: Grand Pianola Music / Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (1985)

John Adams: Grand Pianola Music / Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (1985)
Classical | EAC, APE & CUE) | 243 MB
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Grand Pianola Music (1982) is scored for a small orchestra of winds, percussion, sopranos, and two pianos, and has a light-hearted, humorous, and, at times, sharply parodistic edge.

The work is something akin to a musical ex¬orcism: In it John Adams has brought together a variety of elements from his musical past, including the marches and band music he played in his youth, a touch of Gospel, some Beethovenian piano writing-and even a patently diatonic theme that is reworked until it becomes an archetypal minimalist figure.

Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, dedicated to Betty Freeman, is scored for three alto flutes, three flutes, and three piccolos, plus two solo lines in each of which the soloist plays, one at a time, all three instruments.

For this recording, Ransom Wilson taped all nine ensemble parts plus one solo line, and then added the “live” solo line as the final touch.

Tracklisting

    John Adams
    Grand Pianola Music
    for 3 sopranos, 2 pianos, winds, brass & percussion 32:08

    Pamela Wood Ambush, soprano
    Jane Bryden, soprano
    Kimball Wheeler, soprano
    Ursula Oppens, piano
    Alan Feinberg, piano
    Solisti New York
    Ransom Wilson, conductor

    1. 1st & 2nd Movement
    2. 3rd Movement (“On the Dominany Divide”)

    Steve Reich
    3. Vermont Counterpoint, for piccolo, flutes & tape 8:49

    Ransom Wilson, flute

    This work is scored for three alto flutes, three flutes, and three piccolos, plus two solo lines in each of which the soloist plays all three instruments. In performance all but one solo line are intended to be heard on tape. On this recording Ransom Wilson plays all eleven parts.

    4. Eight Lines (revision of “Octet”), for chamber orchestra 18:12

    Solisti New York
    Ransom Wilson, conductor

    Angel 7 47331-2

Here’s Stevie;

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April 28, 2008 Posted by | John Adams, Music_ClassicalModern, Steve Reich, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

John Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling & Then I Saw the Sky (1998)

John Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling & Then I Saw the Sky (1998)
Classical | EAC, APE & CUE) | 349 MB
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Composer’s Notes;

I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky was a quote from a survivor of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, a catastrophe that devastated a large part of the northern Los Angeles area.

The librettist June Jordan found this phrase in the Los Angeles Times and offered it to me as the title for what I wanted to be a Broadway-style show.

After composing two grand operas, “Nixon in China” and “The Death of Klinghoffer,” I’d realized that the only truly indigenous form of American musical theater was what we call, for lack of a more precise term, the “musical.”

My first appearance onstage as a child was in a small-town production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”, with my mother acting the role of Bloody Mary.

In my youth I knew all the famous American shows more or less by heart, and my later discovery of “West Side Story” convinced me that this particular theatrical form could actually attain the level of genuine art. Another American icon, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, also stood as a model although as a theaterical entity it had serious formal problems.

John Adams
I Was Looking at the Ceiling & Then I Saw the Sky

A song play in two acts

Music by John Adams
Libretto by June Jordan
Directed by Peter Sellars

    1. Ensemble – I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky 8:05
    2. A Sermon on Romance 3:11
    3. Consuelo’s Dream 4:55
    4. Mike’s Song about Arresting a Particular Individual 3:22
    5. Tiffany’s Solo 4:52
    6. Song About The On-Site Altercation 2:51
    7. Song About The Bad Boys And The News 6:20
    8. Your Honor My Client He’s A Young Black Man 5:40
    9. Leila’s song: Alone (Again or at Last) 4:17
    10. Three Weeks and I’m Still Outta My Mind 5:12
    11. Crushed by the Rock I Been Standing On 4:37
    12. Dewain’s Song of Liberation and Surprise 5:29
    13. Este Pais/This Country 4:27
    14. One Last Look at the Angel in your Eyes 2:00
    15. Finale

Audra McDonald, Soprano (Consuelo)
Richard Muenz, Baritone (Mike)
Marin Mazzie, Soprano (Tiffany)
Michael McElroy, Voice (Dewain)
Welly Yang, Voice (Rick)
Angela Teek, Voice (Leila)
Darius De Haas, Voice (David)

Seppo Kantonen, Piano
Marja Mutru, Keyboard
Markku Tabell, Keyboard
Janne Murto, Saxophone
Kari Tenkanen, Clarinet
Hannu Rantanen, Electric Double Bass
Jari Nieminen, Guitar
Jari-Pekka Karvonen, Percussion
John Adams, Conductor

Nonesuch 79473-2

Here’s the sky;

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April 28, 2008 Posted by | John Adams, Kronos Quartet, Music_ClassicalModern, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

John Adams – Gnarly Buttons & John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1998)

John Adams: Gnarly Buttons & John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1998)
Classical | EAC, APE & CUE) | 269 MB
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John Adams becomes more popular by the year with his compositions for large orchestra (Naive and Sentimental Music, On the Transmigration of Souls) and operas (Doctor Atomic and in a way El Nino) gaining justly increased performances, but Adams has another side―chamber works.

As with all great composers it is the smaller, exposed works that often tell us more about a composer’s genius. The two works on this splendid recording prove this to be the case.

John’s Book of Alleged Dances was written for the Kronos Quartet and is a bit of whimsy in its series of eleven dances for string quartet and a rhythm track made of prepared piano sounds.

The result is a group of works that pay homage to the backwoods simplicity of America’s folktunes. The dances are endlessly creative, with never a moment of hurried compositional thought. They are played with such fine sense of fun and expertise by the Kronos Quartet that they become instant staples in the chamber repertoire.

Gnarly Buttons could be called a clarinet concerto, but that title does not fully cover the novelty of the work. Composed for clarinet, banjo, guitar, mandolin, trombone, English horn, bassoon, piano, strings, and ‘two samplers’ playing a variety of sounds including accordion and cow!

The piece is dizzy, playful, funky, fun and virtuosic! Adams conducts the London Sinfonietta and the Present Music ensemble with clarinetist Michael Collins in this rollicking performance that feels like a ride through the farmlands and backcountry of America.

Tracklisting

    John’s Book Of Alleged Dances:

    1. Judah to Ocean 2:35
    2. Toot Nipple 1:15
    3. Dogjam 2:34
    4. Pavane: She’s So Fine 6:34
    5. Rag the Bone 3:04
    6. Habanera 4:49
    7. Stubble Crotchet 2:44
    8. Hammer and Chisel 1:16
    9. Alligator Escalator 3:54
    10. John’s Book Of Alleged Dances – Standchen: The Little Serenade 4:58
    11. Judah to Ocean (reprise) 2:42

    Kronos Quartet

    Gnarly Buttons:

    12. The Perilous Shore 9:54
    13. Hoe-down (Mad Cow) 5:46
    14. Put Your Loving Arms Around Me 8:31

    Michael Collins, clarinet London Sinfonietta John Adams, conductor Nonesuch 79465-2

Here be cows!

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April 28, 2008 Posted by | John Adams, Kronos Quartet, Music_ClassicalModern, _MUSIC | Leave a comment