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Song Title Time Price
  1. Barber: Adagio For Strings 8:48Album Only
  2. Higdon: Dooryard Bloom (World Premiere Recording)23:21Album Only
  3. Corigliano: Elegy 8:25Album Only
  4. Adams: On The Transmigration Of Souls23:56Album Only
  5. Barber: Agnus Dei 7:41Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B002BO26R8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Adam wrote the most important musical memorial to emerge after the catastrophe on 9/11, and many wondered how well On the Transmigration of Souls would last. Using a tape of city noises and the recitation of those who died in the twin towers was a brilliant stroke - the repeated word "missing" that punctuates the tape becomes more quietly sorrowful as the names are read out from the opposite channel. But when it came to Adams's music, there was muted disappointment. Having the chorus adopt slow-motion minimalism as it intones "Remember" doesn't see to hit the mark, and "We will miss you, we all love you" is on the level of Hallmark sympathy cards. but between the tape, two choruses, including a children's choir, a plaintive trumpet solo, and long, subdued string chords, Adams superimposed enough layers to make it seem as if something was being said. I realize that Adams is using transcribed texts from real life, as he does in his opera, doctor Atomic, but a decade after the fact, everyday words don't carry the same impact.

This second recorded performance under Robert Spano confirms the best and worst one can say about the score. The music is thoughtful and civilized, definitely worth hearing more than once. But its grief is of the reflective rather than the wrenching or deeply moving kind. The clangorous climax, which is evocative of panic rather than sorrow, could apply to any scary event. So far as I can tell, Spano and his Atlanta forces do as well as the original release on Nonesuch, and the Nonesuch featured only this 26 min. piece.

The rest of the program sustains the elegiac mood, and it's all American music written in ultra-conservative (i.e., easy listen) mode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
It seems strange that this recording, made in 2009 by Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choruses, the Gwinnett Young Singers, and baritone Nmon Ford, has not grown in popularity with the public. The collection of works and the performances of them are for those moments when we are most vulnerable - grieving, remembering, and honoring those whose lives have touched us.

The first work is Samuel Barber's enormously popular Adagio for Strings as adapted for full string orchestra from his String Quartet in 1938. It is a rare occasion when an important figure dies that this work is not performed in symphony halls around the world. It pulls on the passion of grief and slowly allows that feeling to become more private. Also included here is the choral version/setting Agnus Dei performed beautifully by the Atlanta Symphony Chorus.

The most challenging work in the recording is the John Adams compostion `On the Transmigration of Souls', a major work for orchestra, chorus, children's choir, and pre-recorded soundtrack that received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Music as well as three GRAMMY® Awards. Adams wrote the work in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy, not as a condemnation or patriotic call to arms or even a grand memorial. Instead, the 25-minute work remains mostly gentle and restrained, encompassing bitter memories and crushing heartbreak. Adams describes it as "a memory space - a place where you can go and be alone with your thoughts and emotions."

John Corigliano's `Elegy to Lost Youth' dates to 1965 and is a work for full orchestra, a work the composer dedicated tot Samuel Barber.
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By Robert B. Lamm on November 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I really purchased this recording for the "bookend" pieces - Barber's Adagio and the choral version, called Agnus Dei. These pieces really are transformative and moving and have achieved a rare permanence, as noted by another reviewer.

However, the other pieces didn't move me, except to the "fast forward" button. They are unmemorable and, to my ear, irritating rather than transmigrational, transformational or whatever.

If, like me, you're really interested in just the Barber pieces, download them rather than buying this entire recording.
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