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John Adams is one of the USA’s most important musical voices. In his works, Minimalism is combined with imaginative orchestration and a jazz-inflected spirit to create a cosmos full of energy and colour. During the 2016/2017 season, John Adams accompanied the Berliner Philharmoniker as their Composer in Residence. The orchestra gave acclaimed concert performances of both well-known works and exciting new discoveries – and these are now available in an exclusive edition on CD and Blu-ray.

John Adams’s role in the course of his residency with the Philharmoniker was not only as a composer, but also as a conductor. For his debut at the helm of the orchestra, the programme included the Adams classic Harmonielehre, followed by his new “dramatic symphony” Scheherazade.2: a sumptuous balancing act between Romanticism and Modernism, performed here with violinist Leila Josefowicz as the soloist.

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Simon Rattle, a friend and associate of John Adams of many years, is naturally included in the edition. He conducts the Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary which, with multi-faceted, pulsating music, is devoted to the fascinating biblical figure of Mary Magdalene.

Other conductors also appear in this edition: Gustavo Dudamel with the atmospheric nocturnal scene City Noir, Alan Gilbert with the exhilarating miniatures Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Lollapalooza, and Kirill Petrenko who performs the poignant lament The Wound-Dresser with baritone Georg Nigl.

The many extra features of this lavishly produced hardcover edition also deserve a mention: all recordings are on CD and as videos on Blu-ray, plus there is a comprehensive booklet and a documentary film about John Adams’s time in Berlin. Another highlight is the artwork of the edition, created by the internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Tillmans.

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Berliner Philharmoniker
The John Adams Edition

Works by John Adams, Composer in Residence
with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2016 / 2017 season 
 
 
Harmonielehre
John Adams conductor
 
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Alan Gilbert conductor
 
City Noir
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
 
Lollapalooza
Alan Gilbert conductor
 
Scheherazade.2
John Adams conductor
Leila Josefowicz violin
 
The Wound-Dresser
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Georg Nigl baritone
 
The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
 
Kelley O'Connor Mary Magdalene mezzo-soprano
Tamara Mumford Martha, her sister contralto
Peter Hoare Lazarus, their brother tenor
Daniel Bubeck countertenor
Brian Cummings countertenor
Nathan Medley countertenor
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Daniel Reuss chorus Master
 
 
Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2016 and 2017
 
Bonus
· Documentary: “Short Rides with John Adams”
· John Adams in conversation with Sarah Willis and Peter Sellars
 

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    The John Adams Edition

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    CD 1
    Harmonielehre
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    City Noir

    CD 2
    Lollapalooza
    Scheherazade.2
    The Wound-Dresser

    CD 3 & 4
    The Gospel According to the Other Mary

    2 Video Blu-ray Discs
    Concert Recordings in High Definition Video, Running time: 336 mins

    Bonus
    · Documentary: “Short Rides with John Adams” (45 mins)
    · John Adams in conversation with Sarah Willis and Peter Sellars

    
Full HD 16:9 / PCM Stereo
    5.1 Surround DTS-HD
    Region Code: ABC (worldwide)

    Accompanying booklet
    
108 pages / German, English

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the entire album (24-bit / up to 192 kHz)

    Digital Concert Hall
    7- Day Ticket for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s
    virtual concert hall

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    $79.00
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    Digital Booklet
    
108 pages / German, English

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