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Songs and music
|Named Person:||Nicolas Slonimsky; Nicolas Slonimsky; Nicolas Slonimsky|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John Adams; Emanuel Ax; Christoph von Dohnányi; Kent Nagano; Cleveland Orchestra.; Hallé Orchestra.
Durations: 28:49; 6:50; 13:27.
Program notes by the composer in English inserted in container.
|Performer(s):||Emanuel Ax, piano, Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor (1st work) ; Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor (2nd-3rd works).|
|Event notes:||Recorded Oct. 4, 1999, Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio (1st work) and July 24, 1997, Royal Centre, Nottingham, England (2nd-3rd works).|
|Description:||1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Contents:||Century rolls. First movement (14:55) ; Manny's gym (6:23) ; Hail bop (7:54) --
Lollapalooza (6:50) --
Slonimsky's earbox (13:27).
Century rolls ; Lollapalooza ; Slonimsky's earbox
Of all the so-called minimalists working today, John Adams is the only one with any good ideas left. Witness this delightful release. The key to Adams's creativity is that he isn't bound by theoretical constraints on what "minimalism" should be. Century Rolls (1995) is a commission by Emanuel Ax, and it was inspired by the composer's listening to a CD recording of an ancient player piano. Century Rolls doesn't duplicate that sound, but it is, instead, an unexpected romp across new rhythmic territory. As for Mr. Ax, he comports himself very well, particularly in the difficult first Movement, which requires deft coordination of all forces involved. The brief Lollapalooza (1995) is more recognizably minimalist but with considerable orchestral color and shifting moods. And Slominsky's Earbox (1996) is a powerfully full-orchestra-driven canter. All this is to say that the CD is one of the best releases of Adams's career, and it will appeal to a very wide audience. --Paul Cook.
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