Road Movies

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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.” 

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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.”

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
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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79699

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

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MP3
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075597969962
  • 79699

News & Reviews

  • The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024–25 season, including the Met premiere of John Adams's latest opera, Antony and Cleopatra, on May 12, 2025. The adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama stars soprano Julia Bullock, following her company debut in Adams’s El Niño this April, as Cleopatra, opposite bass-baritone Gerald Finley’s Antony. Adams himself conducts a new staging by director Elkhanah Pulitzer, who transports the story from ancient Rome to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s. Performances run through June 7, 2025. 

  • “In many ways, John Adams is the quintessential California composer,” Nadia Sirota writes in the introduction to Adams’ audio interview with the California Festival, a statewide initiative showcasing contemporary classical music, including live performances at venues across the state over the past three weeks. Adams, a resident of Northern California since moving there from New England in 1971, talks about his early days in the area and the inspiration behind some of his most influential early works, like Christian Zeal and Activity, Phrygian Gates, Shaker Loops, and Harmonielehre. You can hear what he has to say here.

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    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.”

    Credits

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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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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