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From Ellington to Schoenberg

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 September 2012

Before John Adams conducts his opera Nixon In China this evening at the Proms, today's programme explores his works that were written on a more intimate scale. In conversation with the composer, Donald Macleod looks at a 'virtuoso monstrosity' - the sequel to his Chamber Symphony, one of his earliest pieces for tape and strings, and his recent string quartet. They discuss the traces of Schoenberg, Ives and even Duke Ellington that can be heard in Adams's music.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    John Adams Short ride in a fast machine for orchestra

    Conductor: Edo de Waart Performer: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

    Nonesuch, 7559-79144-2, -4

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    John Adams Son of chamber symphony

    Conductor: John ADAMS Performer: International Contemporary Ensemble

    Nonesuch, 7559-79800, -3

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    John Adams Christian zeal and activity

    Conductor: Edo de Waart Performer: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

    Nonesuch, 7559-79144-2, -2

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    John Adams String Quartet (2008)

    Performer: St Lawrence String Quartet

    Nonesuch, 7559-79800-8, -4

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    00:03

    John Adams Short ride in a fast machine

    Nonesuch

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    00:11

    John Adams Son of Chamber Symphony mvt 3

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    00:21

    John Adams American standard ? Christian zeal and activity

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    00:36

    John Adams String Quartet mvt. 1

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    00:04

    John Adams Short ride in a fast machine

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    00:12

    John Adams Son of Chamber Symphony mvt 3

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    00:22

    John Adams American standard ? Christian zeal and activity

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    00:38

    John Adams String Quartet mvt. 1

    Nonesuch

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