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John Adams: Absolute Jest & Naïve and Sentimental Music


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As part of his final year as Music Director and following a two-season celebration of the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary, Peter Oundjian and the RSNO here present their second recording of music by John Adams, with the exceptional participation of the Doric String Quartet. Written for a large orchestra including six percussionists, keyboard sampler, and amplified steel-string guitar, Naive and Sentimental Music is a sweepingly symphonic masterpiece, full of contrasts and clashes. It reflects the dichotomy between ‘naive’ and ‘sentimental’ poetry as analyzed by Friedrich Schiller in his 1795 essay Über naive und sentimentalische Dichtung, as well as the ‘bipolar’ musical life of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the dedicatee of this piece, who conducted the first performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1999. Absolute Jest is a large-scale scherzo for amplified string quartet and orchestra, heavily inspired by the music of Beethoven, which Adams has always deeply admired. The quartet of soloists, a late addition to the score, emphasises the echoes of Beethoven’s music (mainly his string quartets) and facilitates a ‘hyperspace rate’ of virtuosity, which the Doric String Quartet here perfectly demonstrates.
Facts
Item number CHSA 5199
Barcode 095115519929
Release date 5/4/2018
Category Orchestral
Label CHANDOS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Oundjian, Peter
Ensemble Doric String Quartet
Orchestra Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Disc: 1
Absolute Jest00:25:00
1 Absolute Jest: Beginning 00:10:35 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra Doric String Quartet
2 Absolute Jest: Presto 00:03:36 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra Doric String Quartet
3 Absolute Jest: Lo stesso tempo 00:01:08 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra Doric String Quartet
4 Absolute Jest: Meno mosso 00:03:20 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra Doric String Quartet
5 Absolute Jest: Vivacissimo 00:01:56 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra Doric String Quartet
6 Absolute Jest: Prestissimo 00:04:40 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra Doric String Quartet
Naive and Sentimental Music00:48:00
7 Naïve and Sentimental Music: I. Naïve and Sentimen 00:18:45 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra
8 Naïve and Sentimental Music: II. Mother of the Man 00:15:45 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra
9 Naïve and Sentimental Music: III. Chain to the Rhy 00:11:17 Oundjian, Peter Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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