JOHN ADAMS (b.1947): Complete Works for String Quartet - John's Book of Alleged Dances, String Quartet, Fellow Traveler.

Catalogue Number: 04O073

Label: Azica

Reference: ACD71280

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: The Alleged Dances ('alleged' because they would be exceedingly difficult actually to dance to) represent the light, entertaining and humorous side of Adams' output, with absurd titles and a range of odd imagery providing mini-programs for each piece. Six of the ten use a prerecorded rhythm track constructed from prepared piano samples, and it is only in these that there is any real sense of Adams' customary minimalism-derived idiom. The 2008 quartet is a work of significant dimensions and expressive variety, beginning in the composer's familiar propulsive quasi-minimalist mode, but soon heading off in other directions, more complex and less repetitive, though always within a decidedly tonal framework. The large first movement incorporates an opening allegro, dramatic and lyrical slow movement and jazzy scherzo, suggesting the form of a traditional string quartet. The shorter second movement is a high-energy allegro finale propelled by stuttering 'Morse code' ostinato figuration. Fellow Traveler is an energetic, pulsing single movement, a birthday gift for Adams' long-time collaborator, opera director Peter Sellars, and contains references to earlier works by the composer. Attacca Quartet.


(requires cookies enabled)


Need to register? Click here.

(requires cookies enabled)

Your cart is currently empty.