John Adams (b.1947)

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012007020520070820Donald Macleod talks to John Adams about his early years as a composer in 1970s California.|Shaker Loops Part 1 (Shaking and Trembling)|Orchestra of St Luke's|John Adams (conductor)|Harmonium|San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus|Christian Zeal and Activity|San Francisco Symphony Orchestra|Edo de Waart (conductor).
022007020620070821Donald Macleod talks to John Adams about his work during the 1980s.|It was a time of gathering momentum for the composer, despite being a dissenting voice against the prevailing political wind.|His music evolved beyond the orthodoxies of minimalism that had influenced his earlier works, and he consolidated his position as one of America's most enterprising young composers.|The Chairman Dances|San Francisco Symphony Orchestra|Edo de Waart (conductor)|Nixon in China (Act 2, scene 1)|Pat Nixon....Carolann Pade (soprano)|Orchestra of St Luke's|The Wound-Dresser|Sanford Sylvan (baritone)|John Adams (conductor)|Grand Pianola Music (3rd mvt: On the Dominant Divide)|London Sinfonietta|It was a time of gathering momentum for Adams, despite being a dissenting voice against the prevailing political wind.|Nixon in China (excerpt from Act II Scene 1)|Carolann Pade (soprano, Pat Nixon)|Grand Pianola Music Part 3 (On the Dominant Divide)
032007020720070822Donald Macleod talks to John Adams about the 1990s, a controversial decade for the composer.|As the first Gulf war flared up, his opera The Death of Klinghoffer was staged, but it was also a time when his work developed a rich lyrical and melodic vein in works such as his Violin Concerto.|The Death of Klinghoffer (excerpts)|Leon Klinghoffer....Sanford Sylvan (baritone)|Orchestra of Lyon Opera|London Opera Chorus|Kent Nagano (conductor)|Violin Concerto|Leila Josefowicz (violin)|BBC Symphony Orchestra|John Adams (conductor)|Habanera (John's Book of Alleged Dances)|Kronos Quartet.|Sanford Sylvan (baritone, Leon Klinghoffer)
042007020820070823Donald Macleod's look at the work of John Adams continues through the 1990s, taking in music that draws its inspiration from such influences as Schoenberg, Slonimsky and Nancarrow.|Macleod talks to Adams about the musical direction his work took through this period, and the extent to which the minimalist label is still appropriate.|Chamber Symphony (3rd mvt: Roadrunner)|London Sinfonietta|John Adams (conductor)|Slonimsky's Earbox|Halle Orchestra|Kent Nagano (conductor)|Century Rolls|Emanuel Ax (piano)|Cleveland Orchestra|Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor).|Chamber Symphony third movement (Roadrunner)
05 LAST2007020920070824Donald Macleod brings his survey of the music of John Adams up to date, talking to the composer about the strong autobiographical thread running through his later works.|Dharma at Big Sur (1st mvt: A New Day)|Tracy Silverman (electric violin)|BBC Symphony Orchestra|John Adams (conductor)|My Father Knew Charles Ives (1st mvt: Concord)|Bill Houghton (trumpet)|On the Transmigration of Souls|New York Choral Artists|Brooklyn Youth Chorus|New York Philharmonic Orchestra|Lorin Maazel (conductor).|Dharma at Big Sur (first movement: A New Day)|My Father Knew Charles Ives (first movement: Concord)