John Adams: Violin Concerto, Shaker Loops
Gidon Kremer, Kent Nagano & London Symphony Orchestra
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||Violin Concerto: I. Quarter Note = 78||Gidon Kremer, Kent Nagano & London Symphony Orchestra||14:56||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Violin Concerto: II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows||Gidon Kremer, Kent Nagano & London Symphony Orchestra||11:30||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Violin Concerto: III. Toccare||Gidon Kremer, Kent Nagano & London Symphony Orchestra||7:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and Trembling||John Adams & The Orchestra Of St. Luke's||8:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shaker Loops: II. Hymning Slews||John Adams & The Orchestra Of St. Luke's||5:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shaker Loops: III. Loops and Verses||John Adams & The Orchestra Of St. Luke's||6:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shaker Loops: IV. A Final Shaking||John Adams & The Orchestra Of St. Luke's||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
John Adams' 'Violin Concerto' is a masterpiece, a piece of exquisite craftsmanship, daring originality and striking organicity. In the long, rhapsodic and highly intricate first movement Adams displays his true subtlety as a composer: the violin, in an almost unceasing line, weaves in and out of a pulsing, kaleidescope-like orchestral fabric, forging a delicate but masterful interplay of themes, harmonies, rhythms and textures. The final moments of this movement contain some of the most ravishingly beautiful music Adams has ever written. The second movement is nothing short of otherworldly; melancholic but hauntingly mysterious, taking as its basis a ground bass undeniably similar to that of Pachelbel's famous Canon in D. The boisterous, supremely exciting and qunitessentially 'Adamsian' finale contains all of Adams' trademarks: rhythmic mastery, a brilliant sense of timing, and an ear for sparkling orchestration. As in many of his works, Adams very effectively blends electronic soundscapes with those of the traditional orchestra. Though there are two other recordings of this concerto available (pretty darn good for a piece of contemporary music), this premier recording with Gidon Kremer, Kent Nagano, and the London Symphony Orchestra is by far the best, possessing the most color, balance, lucidity and atmosphere of all the three.
Great fully realized work by John Adams with many styles and influences. The III movement contains almost "verbatim" the introduction to Gustav Holst's The Planets. I am giving Adams the benefit of doubt, that he is paying homage to his like minded heroes and not blatantly plagiarizing. I would like to know the story behind this piece.
A fine recording and a highlight for John Adams!
Born: February 27, 1947 in Riga, Latvia
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s