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The Chairman Dances

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  • "It would be difficult to make an account of all the ways John Adams’s music has influenced me and my work," Nico Muhly writes in his note in the upcoming 40-disc box set John Adams Collected Works, "but in the spirit of writing something personal, I’d like to offer a few perhaps impersonal observations about his work in a more circular, even crabwise, fashion. There are specific places in John’s music where there is a rhyme hidden across decades, relating to an elusive sense of 'meaning' in his music which radiates across his body of work." You can read his complete note from the box set here.

  • Nonesuch Records releases the forty-disc John Adams Collected Works, a box set of recordings spanning more than four decades of the composer’s career with the label, on July 1, 2022. It includes two extensive booklets with new essays and notes by Timo Andres, Julia Bullock, Robert Hurwitz, Nico Muhly, and Jake Wilder-Smith. Nonesuch made its first record with John Adams in 1985; he was signed exclusively to the label that year, and since then the company has released forty-two first recordings and thirty-one all-Adams albums. “John Adams coming to the label was one of the central events in our company’s history,” says Robert Hurwitz, Nonesuch’s longtime President and current Chairman Emeritus. “The recordings were done in real time, mostly within a few months of a piece’s first performance. Every recording was either conducted by John, or made under close supervision of the composer, who was in the control booth for every album—when he wasn’t on the podium.” Collected Works includes thirty-five discs of Nonesuch recordings and five from other labels.

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    Named one of the 50 essential classical albums by NPR’s Performance Today, The Chairman Dances features the title piece, which anticipates Adams’s landmark Nixon in China—in the composer’s words, “a kind of warm-up for embarking on the creation of the full opera”—as well as Christian Zeal and Activity, Two Fanfares for Orchestra, and Common Tones in Simple Time.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    San Francisco Symphony
    Edo de Waart, conductor

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded November 1986 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Recording Engineer: John Newton
    Assistant Engineer: Lolly Lewis
    Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

    Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
    Cover photograph by Joel Meyerowitz

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Named one of the 50 essential classical albums by NPR’s Performance Today, The Chairman Dances features the title piece, which anticipates Adams’s landmark Nixon in China—in the composer’s words, “a kind of warm-up for embarking on the creation of the full opera”—as well as Christian Zeal and Activity, Two Fanfares for Orchestra, and Common Tones in Simple Time.

Description: 

Named one of the 50 essential classical albums by NPR’s Performance Today, The Chairman Dances features the title piece, which anticipates Adams’s landmark Nixon in China—in the composer’s words, “a kind of warm-up for embarking on the creation of the full opera”—as well as Christian Zeal and Activity, Two Fanfares for Orchestra, and Common Tones in Simple Time.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded November 1986 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Recording Engineer: John Newton
Assistant Engineer: Lolly Lewis
Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover photograph by Joel Meyerowitz

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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79144

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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MUSICIANS
San Francisco Symphony
Edo de Waart, conductor

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