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Another recording?

This is by my count the fifth Harmonielehre and the second time the SFS has recorded it: the original under de waart, Simon Rattle, David Robertsen and st.louis maybe three years ago, and another on the denon label.

So why another one? Well ok, I always welcome new interpretations. However, this isn't a piece which leaves too much room for interpretation. An orchestra is lucky if it gets through playing the right notes.

Anyway, it is a great piece. But why not some Adams that hasn't been done five times. I'd welcome another recording of City Noir or Naive and Sentimental Music. Also great pieces.

A keepsake

I was there for the recording. Beauty!

Superb recording and performance

Complaining that there are "too many recordings" of this piece is asinine, unless of course you don't care for contemporary music. Ya, so they could have added another major work, like "Dr. Atomic Symphony". But please, just buy this SACD before criticizing. A head-to-head comparison of the five Harmonielehre versions puts this one on top, in my books. Better recording, better conducting (than Rattle....), and consistently taught interpretation. OK, so "Fast Ride" is a bit staid, but that's the last 5 minutes, right?


Formed: 1911 in San Francisco , CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The San Francisco Symphony is among the country's leading orchestras, with a reputation for adventurous and innovative programming that highlights American composers and focuses on targeting new audiences for orchestral music. The San Francisco Musical Association, established in 1908, founded the San Francisco Symphony, which gave its first concert in 1911. Its early conductors included Henry Hadley and Alfred Hertz. After the orchestra had to cancel its 1934 season for financial reasons, the city...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Mar 13, 2012

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