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John Adams: Hallelujah Junction - A Nonesuch Retrospective ()

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John Adams: Hallelujah Junction serves as a best-of collection that chronicles the composer's career and points up the breadth and depth of Adams' contribution to American musical life in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries. It was released to coincide with the publication of Adams' memoir, Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life. This kind of broad retrospective always raises the question about whether omissions leave gaping holes in its summation of a composer's work, and it must be said that this collection gets it right; the important works are covered, and when only a section or movement of a larger piece is chosen, it's the right one, most likely because the composer was involved in the selection process. Two of Adams' most widely performed and recorded pieces, Short Ride in a Fast Machine and The Chairman Dances, are not included, but in the grand scheme of things they are less significant than the works that are included. All of these performances come from the Nonesuch... Hide synopsis

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