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Friday, August 25, 2006

Proms Part 3 - A John Adams Spectacular

A surprisingly low audience for a Friday night Prom, it must be true what they say about comtemporary classical music. But we were treated to a real treat as John Adams himself conducted three works -
My Father Knew Charles Ives (2003); The Wound Dresser (1988-89); and Harmonielehre (1985).
My favourite two were Adams' setting of Walt Whitman's Wound Dresser - a strong, striking combination of soloist and orchestra (only slightly let down by the deadening acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall), and my first hearing of Adams' major work Harmonielehre.
The LSO will be having a short Adams season later this year and early next, and I'm about to book tickets very soon!


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