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  • John Adams’s "City Noir" & Saxophone Concerto Due May 6 with St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, Saxophonist Timothy McAllister

    Nonesuch Records releases City Noir—comprising the title piece by composer John Adams and the debut recording of his Saxophone Concerto—on May 6, 2014. Both pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson. Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is featured on both pieces. The City Noir album is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

  • John Adams Joins Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Its Tenth Annual New Creations Festival

    John Adams has teamed up with Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian for the tenth-annual New Creations Festival, running Saturday, March 1, through Friday, March 7. Following his TSO debut in the 2011 New Creations Festival, Adams returns with his music as a focus in the 2014 Festival, with Oundjian leading the TSO in his Doctor Atomic Symphony and the composer leading the orchestra in the Canadian premieres of his Slonimsky’s Earbox and Absolute Jest.

About this Album

The New York Times praised the “freewheeling violin and piano work” of Adams’s “traveling music.” The Oakland Tribune says the other piano-based pieces collected here “thrillingly exhibit the kinetic rhythmic excitement that always placed Adams above the so-called minimalists.”


Leila Josefowicz, violin (1-3)
John Novacek, piano (1-3)
Nicolas Hodges, piano (4-8)
Rolf Hind, piano (4-6, 9-11)

Produced by Judith Sherman
Road Movies recorded September 2, 2002, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City
Engineered by Judith Sherman
Assistant Engineers: Hsi-Ling Chang
Editing assistant: Jeanne Velonis
All other pieces recorded July 28-29, 2003, at Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London
Engineered by Geoff Foster
Assistant Engineers: Chris Barrett
Mastered by Judith Sherman
Piano Rental: Mary Schwendeman (New York) / Steinway & Sons (London)
Leila Josefowicz appears courtesy of Philips Classics.

Design by John Gall
Cover photograph by Deborah O’Grady

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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