Adams, Glass: Violin Concertos

Adams, Glass: Violin Concertos

by Robert McDuffie


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Adams, Glass: Violin Concertos

If listening to "Nixon in China" today reminds us how much a younger John Adams walked in Philip Glass's shadow, the pairing of these two violin concertos shows how far Adams has come on his own in a short time. While the Glass concerto from the late 1980s covers minimalist ground already very familiar, Adams's 1993 work is a post-minimalist romp through virtuoso violin playing of the ages, tied together in traditional three-movement concerto form. Robert McDuffie has made a career not so much of championing new works but of making their second performances, which is arguably more important. In both these works he competes with Gidon Kremer's recordings, offering a sweeter tone and more affable presence with the orchestra, his contrasting sonorities never losing sight of the bigger structural picture. Together with Christoph Eschenbach, skillfully leading the Houston Symphony, these performances offer a well-recorded second take on the two concertos, making their first step toward the standard repertory of the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408049422
catalogNumber: 80494
Rank: 75321


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