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Adams: The Chairman Dances; Christian Zeal and Activity; Tromba Lontana; Common Tones in Simple Time


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listen  1. The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot For Orchestra)John Adams12:31Album Only
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listen  3. Two Fanfares For Orchestra: Tromba LontanaJohn Adams 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Two Fanfares For Orchestra: Short Ride In A Fast MachineJohn Adams 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Common Tones In Simple TimeJohn Adams20:35Album Only

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  • Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Edo de Waart
  • Composer: John Adams
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005IY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Classical Music
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Release Date: 15-JUL-1994

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on March 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Along with Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, John Adams is one of the foremost composers of what is often called "minimalist music." To classical fans who have been weaned on everything from Handel and Bach through Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler, and Aaron Copland, the very notion of minimalist music, with its repetitious rhythms, might seem a turn-off.

When, however, you get a world-class orchestra like the San Francisco Symphony and a solid conductor in Edo De Waart (who was the orchestra's music director from 1974 to 1985), who premiered many of Adams' pieces and who know them perhaps better than any orchestra around, the results are fascinating, as can be gauged in this Nonesuch recording. It consists of "The Chairman Dances" (from the composer's 1985 opera "Nixon In China"); "Christian Zeal And Activity" (with an admittedly somewhat ponderous evangelical sidebar stuck in there); "Tromba Lontana"; "Short Ride In A Fast Machine" (almost certainly this composer's most popular single piece, and for good reason too); and "Common Tones In Simple Time." As is typical for Adams in particular, and minimalist music in general, the orchestration is varied and vibrant, occasionally using glockenspiel and synthesizers. If one has heard John Williams' eerie scores to Spielberg's films ALWAYS and A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, one can tell how influential the minimalist movement has been on other composers of our time.

For those who are just getting introduced to minimalism and who may be a bit uneasy with the form, this great recording is a perfect introduction to the form. For those who are already very much into it, this is essential.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Asked by a friend to recommend an intoduction to the music of John Adams, I recommended this rather short disc. Not only because it has such accessible works by this major talent, but also because it allows the listener unfamiliar with the minimalist terrain enough samples to stimulate further investigation. Recorded in 1987 the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart sounds a bit thin, but that too is a reason to start here. Much of Adams' music is played by this orchestra and since Michael Tilson Thomas' rise to the helm there has been an extraordinary sea change. After hearing this recording, play the 1997 recording by the same orchestra (led by Adams) performing the "Harmonium" and "The Klinghoffer Choruses" and I think you'll note the difference, sonically and stylistically.. And while you're comparing you will have grown into the more major later works of Adams!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James C. White on January 17, 2002
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If you have heard of John Adams but didn't know which CD to buy, this is definitely the one to get. From the exuberant opening title track to the mesmerizing "Common Tones in Simple Time" there is not a second you will glance at your watch. Don't be fooled by the misleading "minimalist" label. This is solid orchestral music at its finest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
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For those who understand and enjoy minimalism, John Adams is truly someone with whom to be familiar. This disc serves as a good introduction to his music and minimalism in general. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian OConnell on March 24, 2008
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This CD was my first introduction to John Adams' music, and it's been a
frequently played item ever since! The opening track "The Chairman Dances" glides along smoothly like a foxtrot, "Christian Zeal and
Activity" flows serenely, "Tromba Lontana" makes excellent use of
spatial effects, "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" proves that Adams
can use bellicosity and brutality just as effectively as Sibelius or
Wagner, and "Common Tones in Simple Time" is quite a fitting way to
close things out. Edo de Waart and the SFSO keep things moving along,
showing their well-known sympathy for music such as this. All in all,
this puts the lie to the notion that minimalist composers transport
people to snoozeville.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Berk on December 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The title selection is from Adams' opera, Nixon in China, but it has also achieved considerable popularity apart from the opera itelf. This CD is probably one the best collections of Adams' orchestral works, and anyone with an affinity for his work would find it a welcome musical library addition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Garcia on August 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Adams is a great composer.... Chairman Dances is one of the best new classical pieces I have ever listened to. The piece is intense and exciting... no rests are ever heard. Composition keeps audience on the edge of their seats. I would definitely recommend this cd to anyone that is wanting a taste of modern classical music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yeroc on April 29, 2003
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This is THE recording to buy if you want the best John Adams Chairman Dances. Unbelievably tight playing...words just don't do it justice.
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