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Work: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

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ComposerAdams, John (b. 1947)
PeriodContemporary
Work typeOrchestral
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AmsterdamAfternoon Concert: Leo van Doeselaar and Wyneke Jordans

© Donald Bentvelsen
Dvořák, Ravel, Adams, Gershwin
Leo van Doeselaar; Wyneke Jordans

MadridSinfónico 21

Sinfónico 21
Adams, Copland, Dvořák
Orquesta Nacional de España; Alondra de la Parra
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Prom 4: Karabits and the BSO journey beyond the moon in a fast machine

Kirill Karabits © Chris Christodoulou
Exhilarating Adams and insightful The Planets from the BSO and Karabits, with a Proms debut from Nemanja Radulović in Barber with great presence and warmth.
****1
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The American Dream still lives in Antwerp

David Zinman © Priska Ketterer
Špaček subtly illuminated the tough and serious first movement with shafts of light, convincingly sweetened his tone for the lyricism of the intermezzo-like Andante moderato, and gave a dazzling display in the exhilarating finale.
****1
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Adams conducts Adams (and Copland) in Cleveland

John Adams conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
John Adams returned to Cleveland to lead two of his own works – including the local première of Scheherazade.2 – framing Copland’s Quiet City and Appalachian Spring.
*****
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Rides in a fast machine: precision-engineering in Berlin

Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee | New York Philharmonic
The New York Phil's music director drives his Tchaikovsky hard but brings taut control to 20th-century repertoire, with Frank Peter Zimmermann oustanding in Bartók. 
****1
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A very political concerto: Scheherazade.2

John Adams conducts his Scheherazade.2, giving a strong depiction of the oppression of women in extreme religious societies. It makes for a fascinating evening.
***11
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