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Live From Powell Symphony Hall - John Adams: Harmonielehre

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Harmonielehre: I. [Untitled]
Harmonielehre: II. The Anfortas Wound
Harmonielehre: III. Meister Eckhardt and Quackie
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Total Tracks: 3   Total Length: 40:34

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Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Live From Powell Symphony Hall - John Adams: Harmonielehre
2008 | Label: Arch Media / The Orchard

America’s leading contemporary symphonist has never written a Symphony No. 1. That doesn’t mean Adams hasn’t been turning out amazing essays for orchestra over the last 30 years. This streak begins properly with “Harmonielehre” (named after a Schoenberg text on harmony), which starts off with a bang. Or, more precisely, with 40 bangs in a row.

Many listeners prize Edo de Waart’s premiere recording of the piece, available on Nonesuch, and it is a… read more »

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Why parental advisory?


This is a great piece. Has no lyrics tho, so why parental advisory? Its perfectly appropriate for anybody...though the recording didn't really capture the trumpets at the beginning.

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A Superb Live Recording


John Adams's "Harmonielehre" infuses minimalist building blocks with emotional romantic flourishes. The result is complexly textured, in turns dramatic and overpowering, then reflective and lyrical. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra plays this work with precision and assurance, a tribute to the orchestra's musicians and conductor David Robertson. Recording quality is superb - the playing of the orchestra is rendered with great clarity. Tones and textures of instruments are well-defined. Beyond this, the recording gives the listener the feeling of the surrounding symphony hall. All in all, a wonderful musical experience.