RT Sound Recording DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 45769661 LA No Linguistic Content T1 Century rolls Lollapalooza ; Slonimsky's earbox A1 Adams, John,, Ax, Emanuel., Dohnányi, Christoph von., Nagano, Kent,, Adams, John,, Adams, John,, Adams, John,, Cleveland Orchestra., Hallé Orchestra., PB Nonesuch PP New York, N.Y. YR 2000 AB 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.