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American Classics - John Adams: Complete Piano Music

Album Summary

>Adams, John : Phrygian Gates, for piano
>Adams, John : American Berserk, for piano
>Adams, John : China Gates, for piano
>Adams, John : Hallelujah Junction
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Notes & Reviews:

John Adams' vast and varied output has earned him a wide audience, uncommon among contemporary composers. The works on this disc span his entire career to date, and illustrate his many different styles of writing for the piano. Phrygian Gates and China Gates - "gate" here referring to a type of electronic switch - could be regarded as his first "minimal" works, but are more tonal than the music of his contemporaries Reich and Glass. As a teenager Adams had played clarinet in his father's marching band, and his Hallelujah Junction reflects his love of jazz and popular music. His most recent piano work, American Beserk, recalls the fractured boogie-woogie style of Conlon Nancarrow, and has been described by the composer as a "short, manic, bipolar scherzo."

"Pianist Ralph van Raat displays an innate affinity for the composer's idioms, be it China Gates' lyric beauty, Phrygian Gates' stamina-testing epic sprawl, or American Berserk's thorny, Ives-inspired ragtime allusions To sum up, you can't go wrong with van Raat's strong performances, plus Naxos' modest cost and decent sonics." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Adams, John : Phrygian Gates, for piano
  • Performer: Ralph Raat (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/07/2006-01/08/2006)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Adams, John : American Berserk, for piano
  • Performer: Ralph Raat (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/07/2006-01/08/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Adams, John : China Gates, for piano
  • Performer: Ralph Raat (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/07/2006-01/08/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Adams, John : Hallelujah Junction
  • Performers: Ralph Raat (Piano); Maarten Veen (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/07/2006-01/08/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996