Adams: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas
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||Harmonielehre: Pt. I||San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||17:22||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Harmonielehre: Pt. II: The Anfortas Wound||San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||12:54||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Harmonielehre: Pt. III: Meister Eckhardt and Quackie||San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||11:47||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Short Ride in a Fast Machine||San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||5:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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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.
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?
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