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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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    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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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.” 

Description: 

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.”

ProductionCredits: 

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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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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