“… The Chandos disc gives us a substantial program of Adam’s work, in well played and beautifully recorded performances … “ Phillip Scott
“… Chandos’s SACD offers superior sonics … Oundjian has programmed Short Ride in a Fast Machine, whichhas been recorded multiple times, but never with this much punch and richness… I don’t think it can be performed better than it has been performed here.” Raymond Tuttle
“This spectacular new release is perhaps the perfect introduction to those who do not already know the music of John Adams, as it contains not only three of his most effective works, but also encompasses a representative overview of the evolution of his compositional style… Highest Recommendation.” Merlin Patterson
Fanfare - May/June 2014
"...The RSNO’s brass and percussion acquit themselves brilliantly, and Chandos’s sound is punchy and immediate. Peter Oundjian understands the work’s [Harmonielehre] structure, allowing the repetitive ostinati to register as music rather than doodles... Harmonielehre has so much to interest the open-minded – the smart musical references to Mahler, Ravel, Sibelius and Schoenberg, the glittering orchestral palette. More importantly, it’s audible proof that it’s still possible to write intelligent, engaging tonal orchestral music on a large scale. Adams’s abrupt close, simultaneously unexpected and totally deserved, remains a stunner...Abrasive and compact, it’s a chilly, though fascinating work [Doctor Atomic Symphony]. And evidence that Adams’s music, unlike that of some minimalists, continues to evolve. The gestures are more abrupt, the harmonies are bolder, but this couldn’t have been written by anyone else. Huw Morgan’s extended trumpet solos are beautifully played ..."
Graham Rickson - theartsdesk.com - 15 February 2014
"...This ... SACD bring some of the most exciting works of John Adams to one’s collection ..." ****
John Sunier - AudiophileAudition.com - 6 February 2014
“…This is a powerful and exciting programme of music by the ever popular John Adams, and with Chandos’s excellent reputation for engineering this promises much… This Chandos is a fine release and it is good to have these pieces together on a single disc…”
Dominy Clements – MusicWeb-International.com – 4 February 2014
“… this is a hugely enjoyable release.”
Martin Anderson – International Record Review – January 2014
Performance *** Recording *****
Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - January 2014
Andrea Bedetti - cdclassico.com (Italy) - 18 November 2013
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