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Complete Piano Music

J. Adams Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B000M2DNO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

John Adams' vast and varied output has earned him a wide audience, uncommon among contemporary classical composers. The works on this disc span his entire career to date, and illustrate his many different styles of writing for the piano. Phrygian Gates an


" Forget preferring Americans playing American music; let this Dutchman take it" -- Time Out Chicago, Marc Geelhoed, April 26 - May 2, 2007

" The disc will remain within grabbing distance on my shelf for a while!" --, April 5, 2007

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of Adams' Piano Music August 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My review is based upon my listening experience with this CD as well as a comparative view which I have gained through listening to a wide range of different classical piano CD's.

Comparative -

Sound quality - 5* Excellent. The recording is (true) digital and the piano sounds terrific.

Pianist - 5* He does a wonderful job representing Adams' work and I would feel hard pressed to find a better pianist to do such a quality job with this repertoire.

Value - 4* Four tracks is not the largest CD, but 2 of these tracks (1 and 4) together are 40 minutes long. Hence, this is an album you may want to listen to when you have the time to dedicate 15 or 25 minutes per track. Total play time is about 52 minutes. The price is great, however, so don't hesitate over the # of tracks because there is plenty of music contain within.

Listening Experience (Subjective)

1. Phygian gates - 5* A layered, complex piano piece that captivates the attentive listener. Melodies are somewhat sparce, but the outpouring of supporting notes drives this rhythmic and ambient music. The variations which Adams builds in his material is a joy to keep track of. There are many climaxes followed by soft troughs and the transitions are made all the more natural by this album's capable pianist. Ranging from quiet subtleties to romping dissonances, this 25-minute epic piano piece attempts to take the listener from peak to peak, and succeeds in its own unique way. The last chord is so prominent on this recording that one can feel the strings' reverberations changing as they come to a halt.

2. American Berserk - 1* The name is quite representative of what the listener can expect to hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THOUGHTFUL AND EXCITING January 23, 2014
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Almost anything released by Naxos is guaranteed to be worth listening to but this is an exceptionally pleasing album, both the compositions and the playing. Ralph van Raat plays on all four compositions, assisted by Maarten van Veen on the final piece, “Hallelujah Junction” (1996), which is a composition for two pianos.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Master March 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine album. It is especially wonderful given its low price tag. Adams proves again and again that a composer can be innovative without completely sacrificing aesthetic awareness. The pianists play some tough rep quite well. Thank you to Naxos for continuing to put out intereting discs.
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