Adams: On the Transmigration of Soulsby Lorin Maazel, Lorin Maazel
John Adams composed On the Transmigration of Souls on commission from the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and this live performance, conducted by Lorin Maazel in only his second appearance as the Philharmonic's newly anointed music/a>/i>/a>… See more details below
John Adams composed On the Transmigration of Souls on commission from the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and this live performance, conducted by Lorin Maazel in only his second appearance as the Philharmonic's newly anointed music director, was taped a year later at the opening of the orchestra's 2002 season. Adams steers clear of customary terms like "composition" when talking about Souls, labeling it instead a "memory space" that is intended for private reflection -- even if that experience is shared with other concertgoers. Fittingly, his work, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for music, follows no traditional mold, avoiding clear rhythm and melody in favor of an organic, slowly unfolding design. As the music begins, taped voices declaim the names of the dead in clipped, whispered utterances, intermingled with an insistent "missing." Sounds of city life hover in the background. A chorus sings angelic parallel chords. Gradually, the orchestra takes hold, at first with high strings and a doleful trumpet, while voices chant brief phrases -- such as "he was tall and extremely good looking" and "she had a voice like an angel" -- taken in part from the posters of the missing that sprang up across New York City in the days following 9/11. Tension builds with agitated string passages and heavy brass chords, reaching a high point as the chorus frenetically cries, "Light! Day! Sky!" The crisis over, voices once again coolly murmur victims' names and telling phrases of the day as the work draws to a haunting conclusion. It's no small task to express in music an event as powerful and freighted as that one, but Adams deserves full credit for creating a work of beauty that, in its essentially unsentimental and reserved way, speaks movingly to listeners. Stitched together in only two rehearsals, the Philharmonic's performance under Maazel could hardly be bettered.
- Release Date:
- On the Transmigration of Souls, for children's chorus, chorus, orchestra & tape - John Adams - Leonard Bernstein - New York Philharmonic - New York Philharmonic - Joseph Alessi - Nancy Allen - Jerome Ashby - Eric Bartlett - Matitahu Braun - Irene Breslaw - Carter Brey - Sandra Church - Jon Deak - Warren Deck - Stanley Drucker - Daniel Druckman - Jonathan Feldman - Joseph Flummerfelt - Joseph Flummerfelt - Robert Hurwitz - Peter Kenote - Lisa Kim - Maria Kitsopoulos - L. William Kuyper - L. William Kuyper - Judith Le Clair - Eugene Levinson - Setsuko Nagata - New York Choral Artists - New York Choral Artists - Deborah L. O'Grady - Cynthia Phelps - Oscar Ravina - Daniel Reed - Dorian Rence - Charles Rex - Robert Rinehart - Philip Smith - Thomas Stacy - Howard Wall - Harriet Wingreen - Sharon Yamada - Rebecca Young - Robert Botti - Glenn Dicterow - Nancy Donaruma - Valentin Hirsu - Mindy Kaufman - Mindy Kaufman - Michelle Kim - Robert Langevin - Sandra Park - Vincent Penzarella - Erik Ralske - Robert Sullivan - Myung Hi Kim - Vivek Kamath - Thomas Smith - Carol Webb - Kim Laskowski - James Markey - Mark Nuccio - Mark Nuccio - Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Kenneth Mirkin - Emily Adam - Preben Antonson - Preben Antonson - Diane Berkun - Diane Berkun - Sandra Pearson - Ditsa Pines - Ditsa Pines - Morgan Staples - Madeline Amy Sweeny - Hae Young Ham - Orin O'Brien - Evangeline Benedetti - Elizabeth Dyson - Soohyun Kwon - Eileen Moon - Joseph Pereira - Joseph Pereira - Sherry Sylar - Sam Adams - David Wilson - Phillip Myers - Enrico DiCecco - Kyle Turner - Nathan Goldstein - Kenneth Gordon - Dawn Hannay - Emilee Adams - Randall Butler - Katherine Greene - Sam Adams - Pascual Martinez Forteza - Anton Polezhayev - Lew Norton - Judith Ginsberg - William Blossom - Roland Kohloff - Arlen Fast - Arlen Fast - Stephen Freeman - Stephen Freeman - Mark Schmoockler - Newton Mansfield - Yoko Takebe - Anthony Morris - Christopher S. Lamb - Marlyn Dubow - Deborah O'Grady - Avaram Lavin - Fiona Simon - Hai Ye Ni - Emanuel Boder - David Finalayson - Marc Ginsberg - Donald Harwood - Hanna Lachert - Barry Lehr - Kerry McDermott - Lionel Party - Lorin Maazel - Brinton Averil Smith - Martin Eshelman - Leonard Hindell - Judith Nelson
Performance CreditsLorin Maazel Conductor
Lorin Maazel Primary Artist
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
As one who was there on that awful day, I am grateful to John Adams and filled with wonder for this work. We can and must remember, without hesitation, reserve or filter, and Mr. Adams helps us do that. This is not an easy piece to hear. It was not meant to be. It may not be for everyone. But it has a place for all of us.