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Edo de Waart & San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - John Adams: Harmonium (1984)

21-06-2016, 18:44
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: John Adams: Harmonium
Year Of Release: 1984
Label: ECM Records / ECM New Series
Genre: Classical, Contemporary
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 0:31:56
Total Size: 132 Mb


Part 1 10:37
1. Negative Love

Part 2 21:37
2.1. Because I Could Not Stop For Death
2.2. Wild Nights

Composer – John Adams
Conductor – Edo De Waart
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Chorus Master [Chorus Director] – Vance George
San Francisco Symphony Chorus

Harmonium is John Adams's breakthrough work. After experimenting with a number of different styles, he settled on consonance and simplicity, and became famous upon the work's premiere in 1981. It exemplifies his music--a listener-friendly West Coast minimalism using tasteful, keyboards-enhanced instrumentation and having a generally mellow sound. Adams harmonizes seemingly disparate parts: dense, complex, death-obsessed poems by two very different writers, one by the worldly John Donne and two by the reclusive Emily Dickinson, sung by a choral group rather than soloists. And he makes it work. Unlike the newer Nonesuch recording, this reissued ECM Harmonium retains a sense of something fresh, beginning at a barely perceptible pianissimo, growing through the meditations of "Negative Love" and "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" to the ecstatic, erotically charged crescendo of "Wild Nights," and settling back into calm. Images of artificial forms of transport, including boats, run through the poems. Yet, considering the cover shot of barnacle-laden rocks on the seashore, one imagines Adams's music as portraying, instead, the shifting moods of the ocean itself. Indeed, it is the perfectly natural kind of elevation that Adams's oratorio celebrates, and that Edo de Waart and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra remain expert at conveying. --Robert Burns Neveldine

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