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A perfect introduction to a GREAT American composer

If you are not familiar with the works of John Adams, this album is a perfect introduction. It contains a nice variety of works, including one true minimalist work (Common Tones,) an orchestral work culled from his most famous opera (Chairman Dances,) his most performed work (Two Fanfares,) and a unique recording of one of his more obscure works (Christian Zeal.) The recording of Christian Zeal also contains some extra-musical elements that would be difficult, if not impossible to replicate in a live performance, truly adding to the unique nature of this album. In addition, all of the music on this album is tonal and extremely accessible, making it a perfect gift for the music appreciator in your life. John Adams is truly one of the most interesting figures in American music today. If you enjoy witty, crafty, intelligent music that's just plain fun to listen to, you need to put this album in your ears NOW.

The Highlight of New Era Music

John Adams displays his most famed works in this album, especially the Chairman Dances. As a master of minimalism, his music even evokes a spiritual effect at times. Though an unusual style, this is the forefront of contemporary classical music.


Belive it or not I first heard John Adams work in the PC game Civilization IV. His music is so moving and expansive, it's the best thing to listen to while doing anything constructive.


Born: June 1, 1941 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Edo de Waart established a notable conducting career in the last third of the 20th century, becoming known for clear, exciting performances in a wide range of repertory. He came from a musical family, being the son of a choral singer. He studied oboe with Haakon Stotijn and also conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam. He became co-principal oboe of the Amsterdam Philharmonic in 1961 and associate principal of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1963. Meanwhile, he studied conducting, including a...
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