I Am Love (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
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||The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra)||John Adams||12:31||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Century Rolls: I. First Movement (Excerpt)||John Adams||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lollapalooza||John Adams||6:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Shaker Loops: III. Loops and Verses||John Adams||6:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Shaker Loops: IV. A Final Shaking||John Adams||3:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II, Scene 2: Klinghoffer's Death||John Adams||5:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fearful Symmetries (Excerpt)||John Adams||3:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Haarmonielehre: Part II - The Anfortas Wound||John Adams||12:25||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Harmonielehre: Part III - Meister Eckhardt and Quackie||John Adams||10:34||Album Only||View in iTunes|
The American composer John Adams is no stranger to music that helps tell a story: he’s written a number of successful operas, including Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Doctor Atomic. And many of Adams’ instrumental compositions also have a powerful sense of dramatic development. So it’s no surprise that the Italian director Luca Guadagnino decided to use pre-existing works by the composer for the soundtrack to his film, I Am Love. Set in an upper-class milieu, the movie portrays the passions that disrupt the lives of its characters. One of the soundtrack’s highlights finds Edo de Waart leading the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in a nice rendering of The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra), a piece with propulsive drive. The album also includes “Loops and Verses,” from the 1978 composition Shaker Loops, with Adams conducting the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s. The track displays the composer’s skill at wedding minimalism and romanticism to achieve a sense of forward motion, a strategy different than the ecstatic stasis of his minimalist predecessor Terry Riley.
Act II, Scene 2: Klinghoffer's Death
Whatever the controversy of the opera that bore it (and the tragedy that served as its inspiration), I think the opening seventy seconds of Klinghoffer's Death are pure bliss, practically like classical music crack cocaine - I understand why Guadagnino chose Adams for the soundtrack, there's a naturally cinematic quality to his work.
John Adams is a magnificent composer, and this album shows some of his best moments. "I Am Love" is a brilliantly acted drama which is driven by its score, and the soundtrack shows it. Songs like "The Chairman Dances" and "Lollapalooza" give powerful music without sounding too serious on the ear. Harmonielehre: Part III is a brilliant climax which slowly builds from what seems tranquil and peaceful into a dramatic strings conclusion. "I Am Love" benefits from this amazing score, and here's to hoping that you not only buy this outstanding album but also go and see an outstanding movie.
adams doesn't compose in this style any longer
interesting, though, how most of this music is 25 or so years old. is the current John Adams so inaccessible? although all of these pieces are wonderful, in a movie i don't think to the general public they'll be distinguishable from Glass's scores. beautiful music, not sure about the execution.
Born: February 15, 1947 in Worcester, MA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s