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John Adams: Shaker Loops: Light Over Water

John Adams , John [Composer] Adams , Gary Lowendusky , Jennifer Culp , Judiyaba , Ridge String Quartet , Brian McCarty , William Kingelhofer , William Klingelhoffer , Don Kenelly , Mack Kenley , Jim Miller , Timothy Wilson , Zacharia Spellman , Ah Ling Neu , Ahling Neu , Dan Smiley , Krista Bennion , Krista Bennion Feeney , Robert Rinehart Audio CD
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listen  1. Shaker Loops28:46Album Only
listen  2. Light Over Water: Part I12:20Album Only
listen  3. Light Over Water: Part II11:13Album Only
listen  4. Light Over Water: Part III18:05Album Only

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  • Performer: John Adams, Gary Lowendusky, Jennifer Culp, Judiyaba, Ridge String Quartet, et al.
  • Composer: John [Composer] Adams
  • Audio CD (November 18, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Albion Records
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000R2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Shaker Loops by John Adams

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5.0 out of 5 stars Permanently altered state of musical awareness October 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When New Albion records brought out the LP Light Over Water by John Adams in 1983, I was flipped into a new sonic world. "Flipped"? Well, it is transcendant music, and I experienced a new emergent state of mind from which I still get a contact high (and there was no external substance involved!).

What's especially interesting about this early piece (Adams has called it, "My forgotten [master]piece") is that it beautifully establishes John Adams' unique musical vocabulary/sytax/style that can be discerned in nearly all of his subsequent work--all the way through the recent (2003/5) 2nd violin concerto, entitled Dharma At Big Sur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and mystical May 31, 2014
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As magical as the rain and mystical as math. Its good for my concentration and focus when that sort of thing is called for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music January 29, 2014
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I heard this on MPR around Christmas time and just loved it so I ordered it right away and it is great. I will be buying more of John Adams CD's. Sit back and relax and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Major Minimalism January 17, 2001
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These are two more fine works by minimalist composer John Adams. If one appreciates Adams' style of composition, this CD is well worth acquiring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...a decade late yet right on time, dollar-wise." January 31, 2001
By DJ Rix
Format:Audio CD
John Adams calculatingly stepped into the role formerly held by Aaron Copland &, perhaps, Leonard Bernstein: Unofficial official American Composer. The job of this composer is to channel durable avant garde ideas into compositions suitable for a Kennedy Center performance. John Adams is a fine composer. The only hitch is that the so-called minimalist techniques of Steve Reich & Philip Glass had already achieved popular currency, while more "difficult" composers such as Terry Riley, Lamont Young & Pauline Oliveros had found smaller but equally enthusiastic audiences. Also, the minimalist "sound" had crossed over into pop music by the early Seventies, influencing both disco & new wave.
Glass moved into experimental opera. Reich returned to his spiritual concerns. & strong political viewpoints. So here comes a two-fer of "Shaker Loops" (1977/revised 1983) & "Light Over Water," the latter by 1983 a decade late yet right on time, dollar-wise. The road lay open for the grand Verdian/PBS hoopla of "Nixon in China."
"Light Over Water" is a charming & listen-able extended composition by John Adams, reassuringly subtitled "symphony for brass instruments and synthesizers." It's nice that one doesn't need to flip a record halfway through. "Shaker Loops" is a better work, albeit as contrived an "Americana" creation as an Andrew Wyeth painting, & lots more fun performed by a larger ensemble, anyway.
But what's the point? Early electronic masterworks by Pauline Oliveros & Morton Subotnick that delight the ear & mind are back in print. Reich, Glass, Young & Riley are well represented in the catalogue.
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