Adams: Shaker Loops / Wound Dresser / Short Ride in A Fast Machine

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Adams: Shaker Loops / Wound Dresser / Short Ride in A Fast Machine

Nathan Gunn

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This 2004 selection of John Adams' orchestral works opens with the thrilling 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine'. Like his earlier work 'Tromba Lontana', he describes it as an orchestral fanfare. It certainly makes for an exciting opening to this album, one of Marin Alsop's many studio recordings with the UK's Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Nathan Gunn's thoughtful performance of 'The Wound-Dresser' recalls Walt Whitman's time as a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War with poignancy, and Adam's arrangement of Busoni's 'Berceuse élégiaque' is as haunting as you'd expect a work about the death of a parent to be. The album closes with Adam's famous 'Shaker Loops'. Originally written for string septet and inspired by waves. Adams created this version for string orchestra in 1983. The oscillation of the various musical lines conjures images of rippling water as well as expressing Adam's ideas of enthusiastic Shaker worship. read more

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