John Adams Piano Music

John Adams - Piano Music - complete (Maarten van Veen, Ralph van Raat)

John Adams - Piano Music - complete (Maarten van Veen, Ralph van Raat)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Cover+Booklet | 186 Mb
Label: Naxos - Date: 2007

John Adams’ vast and varied output has earned him a wide audience, uncommon among contemporary classical composers. The works on this disc span his entire career to date, and illustrate his many different styles of writing for the piano. Phrygian Gates and China Gates – “gate” here referring to a type of electronic switch – could be regarded as his first “minimal” works, but are more tonal and expressive than the music of his contemporaries such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. As a teenager Adams had played clarinet in his father’s marching band, and his Hallelujah Junction reflects his love of …….
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Jeroen van Veen - Adams: Piano Music (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Nov. 28, 2017
Jeroen van Veen - Adams: Piano Music (2017)

Jeroen van Veen - Adams: Piano Music (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 00:57:22 | 135 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics

Minimalism, but not as you know it”, thus described The Guardian the John Adams’ music. John Adams (born 1947) is active in almost every musical genre, from opera to film scores, jazz and chamber music. His original and openminded style has captured audiences worldwide and well beyond the boundaries of strict classical music. In his (surprisingly few) piano works Adams uses a wide variety of techniques and styles, while addressing a vast scope of emotions, from loud, rough and spiky to delicate and flowing simplicity. Played by Minimal Music pioneer and champion Jeroen van Veen, seconded by his wife Sandra van Veen on second piano in “Hallelujah Junction”.
Benjamin Frith - John Field: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Nocturnes and Sonatas) (2000)

Benjamin Frith - John Field: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Nocturnes and Sonatas) (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 173 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550762 | Time: 01:06:57

The first volume of this series (Naxos 8.550761) mixed the first two sonatas of Field's Op. 1 with the first nine Nocturnes. The Sonata Op. 1 No. 3 in C minor logically appears on this second volume, in a most successful performance. Dedicated to Clementi, the first movement shows distinct tendencies towards 'Sturm und Drang'. Neither movement is fast: the concluding Rondo (marked Allegretto scherzando) is bursting with wit and charm to balance the stress of the first. This piece alone justifies the modest outlay for this disc. The remaining tracks, the next nine Nocturnes in the series, demonstrate Frith's sensitivity. Importantly, he shows a laudable restraint with the sustaining pedal. His sweet cantabile is the result of an acute musical sensitivity, and he never overblows the scale of these miniatures.
Benjamin Frith - John Field: Piano Music, Volume 1 (Nocturnes and Sonatas) (1999)

Benjamin Frith - John Field: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Nocturnes and Sonatas) (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 160 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550761 | Time: 01:01:39

Fifteen years before Chopin wrote his first “nocturne”, Irish pianist/composer John Field composed his Nocturne No. 1 in E-flat major, followed by at least 15 more pieces in the same style. In these short works for solo piano, Field–who was one of the most celebrated pianists in the world during the first quarter of the 19th century–put form to the idea of a contemplative, lyrical composition, specifically tailored to the piano’s expressive capabilities. These “night” pieces are primarily characterized by a dominant, gracefully flowing melody, with most of the harmonic activity in the pianist’s left hand. Although other pianists have recorded at least some of Field’s Nocturnes–most notably John O’Conor (Telarc) and Miceál O’Rourke (Chandos)–Benjamin Frith’s own uniquely inflected, poetic readings have a satisfying aura of intimacy cast in the warm colors of his well-tempered, expertly recorded piano. Although O’Conor’s playing is more lyrical, with more fluid legatos, Frith generally takes more time–and these invariably lovely pieces blossom just as fully and brilliantly.

John Tavener - Piano Works (2007)  Music

Posted by Su_Lihua at March 20, 2011
John Tavener - Piano Works (2007)

John Tavener - Piano Works (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | 1 CD | Complete Scans | 155 MB
Classical/20th Century | Label: Naxos | Cat.: 8570442 | RS/MU

John Tavener’s piano works are less well known than his large orchestral, vocal and choral works, yet at times seem to mark his stylistic and spiritual development on a more personal level. Tavener’s first piano work, Palin, foreshadows his search for a spirituality beyond the sophisticated, technical manipulation of musical material. The loss of his cats inspired Tavener to write Mandoodles, depicting short scenes from the life of his cat Mandu, and the bell-like In Memory of Two Cats. Ypakoe, with passages in Greek or Middle Eastern style, is a contemplative meditation on the passion and resurrection of Christ. Pratirupa, Sanskrit for “reflection”, is the composer’s largest work so far for piano solo. In the words of the composer, in this work “a series of self-reflecting harmonies, melodies and rhythms attempt to reflect the most beautiful, the Divine Presence which resides in every human being”.
Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)

Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:25 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559796072

Of all the so-called minimalists working today, John Adams is the only one with any good ideas left. Witness this delightful release. The key to Adams's creativity is that he isn't bound by theoretical constraints on what "minimalism" should be. Century Rolls (1995) is a commission by Emanuel Ax, and it was inspired by the composer's listening to a CD recording of an ancient player piano.
Gloria Cheng-Cochran - Piano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley (1998) [Re-Up]

Gloria Cheng-Cochran - Piano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contenporary, Minimalism | Label: Telarc | # CD-80513 | Time: 01:08:09

This unique recording couples the music of two major 20th-century composers, and includes the world premiere on disc of Riley's "The Heaven Ladder, Book 7," commissioned by Cheng-Cochran and written in 1994. California-based pianist Gloria Cheng has become a favoured collaborator with some of the most demanding of today's composer/conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Essa-Pekka Salonen and Oliver Knussen, for her renditions of thorny 20th century scores. "The multifarious pulsings of Adams's Phrygian Gates (all 26 minutes of it) are more palatable here than on some rival versions, and the relatively brief China Gates (just five minutes) are well worth visiting. Terry Riley's pieces are more varied in colour and rhythm, less obviously 'minimalist', than you might have expected, with the worlds of jazz remaining well within earshot. Gloria Cheng-Cochran seems fully absorbed in the tasks to hand, and the sound is superb." (Gramophone Magazine).
Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 214 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6776 | Time: 01:19:06

Bruce Brubaker artistic skill and understanding of this music is beyond reproach and will thrill any fan of the collected composers work on this CD. The sound quality is outstanding as well. Bruce Brubaker has recorded two CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring modern American piano music. The most recent, Inner Cities, was released in September 2003, and includes Brubaker's transcription of Pat Nixon's aria from Adams's opera, Nixon in China. The previous CD, Glass Cage , with pieces by Glass and Cage, was named one of the ten best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine.
Nicolas Hodges, Rolf Hind, Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Road Movies (2004) (Repost)

Nicolas Hodges, Rolf Hind, Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Road Movies (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:03 | 243 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559796992

Composer John Adams' album Road Movies contains five pieces that Adams' considers "travel music, (…) passing through harmonic and textural regions as one would pass through on a car trip." Indeed, during Leila Josefowicz's spirited and appropriately brusque reading of the "40% Swing" movement from the title work, one hears what sounds like a passing auto in the left channel. Is it mere coincidence or the album concept channeling onto the master tape?
Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson - Meet The Composer: Splitting John Adams (2017)

Meet The Composer: Splitting Adams (2017)
Alarm Will Sound; Alan Pierson (narrator & conductor)
Nadia Sirota (narrator), John Adams (narrator), Walter Frisch (narrator)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Scans included | 01:16:27
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Cantaloupe | # CA21128

Conceived and realized in partnership with Q2 Music’s Peabody award-winning podcast Meet the Composer, Splitting Adams is Alarm Will Sound’s tribute to American composer John Adams, and in particular to his works Chamber Symphony (1992) and Son of Chamber Symphony (2007). Presented with commentary tracks from MTC’s host Nadia Sirota, Alarm Will Sound’s artistic director Alan Pierson, and the composer himself, the podcast-plus-performance conveys a rare sense of interaction for the listener; not only does the music, rendered in all its lush detail by the 17 musicians in AWS, capture and connect the long trajectory between the two works, but the commentary also shines a revealing light on the story behind the music.