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Work: The Chairman Dances

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ComposerAdams, John (b. 1947)
PeriodContemporary
Work typeOrchestral
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MadridJoven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid

Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Adams, Schumann, Ravel, Strauss II
Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Christian Zacharias; Adolfo Gutiérrez-Arenas
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Finnish fresh air: Rouvali and the Philharmonia on top form

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Camilla Greenwell

A breath of Finnish fresh air blew onto the London music scene with the announcement from the Philharmonia Orchestra of the appointment of Santtu-Matias Rouvali as their new Principal Conductor from 2021. 

*****
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Varied sounds of America expertly played in Liverpool

Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral holds its own alongside more familiar American pieces by Adams and Barber plus the “New World” Symphony.
****1
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James Ehnes excels in Beethoven's Violin Concerto

James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Ehnes excels in Beethoven, and Gardner draws lovely tone from the RNSO.
****1
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NY Phil powers through Adams

Yo-Yo Ma, Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic somewhat overpower the hall for the music of John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen's concerto fascinates on a first hearing.
***11
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Yo-Yo Ma champions Salonen in New York

Yo-Yo Ma © Michael O'Neill
Maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic gave the New York première of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto with soloist Yo-Yo Ma.
****1
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