Light That Fills The World CD (2003)

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Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 60583444
UPC 800413001027
UPC 14 00800413001027
Format CD
Release Date 1/23/2003
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Author John Luther Adams
Detailed Track Info
Counter 1
Title The Farthest Place
Composer Name Adams, John Luther
Composer Info John Luther Adams (1953 - )
Minutes 10
Seconds 53
Period 20th Century
Form Genre
Written 2001
Country USA
Language
Studio/Live Studio
Venue Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Recorded Date 08/2002
Work Notes Chamber Version - 2001
Performer Knoles, Amy,Lorentz, Robin,Newton, Barry,Pezzone, Bryan
Instrument Marimba,Violin,Double Bass,Piano
ANotes ,,,
Counter 2
Title The Light that Fills the World
Composer Name Adams, John Luther
Composer Info John Luther Adams (1953 - )
Minutes 12
Seconds 58
Period 20th Century
Form Genre
Written 1998/2001
Country USA
Language
Studio/Live Studio
Venue Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Recorded Date 08/2002
Work Notes Chamber Version - 2001
Performer Knoles, Amy,Lorentz, Robin,Reichman, Nathaniel,Walker, Marty
Instrument Vibraphone,Violin,Synthesizer,Bass Clarinet
ANotes ,,,
Counter 3
Title The Immeasurable Space of Tones
Composer Name Adams, John Luther
Composer Info John Luther Adams (1953 - )
Minutes 27
Seconds 1
Period 20th Century
Form Genre
Written 1998-2001
Country USA
Language
Studio/Live Studio
Venue Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Recorded Date 08/2002
Work Notes
Performer Knoles, Amy,Lorentz, Robin,Pezzone, Bryan,Reichman, Nathaniel,Walker, Marty
Instrument Vibraphone,Violin,Piano,Synthesizer,Bass Clarinet
ANotes ,,,,
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: John Luther Adams.
Personnel: Rob Lorentz (violin); Marty Walker (bass clarinet); Bryan Pezzone (piano); Amy Knoles (vibraphone, marimba).
Audio Mixer: Scott Fraser.
Recording information: 08/2002.
Editor: Scott Fraser.
Photographer: John Luther Adams.
The music of John Luther Adams is simply beautiful. It has a crystalline quality and a peaceful character that evoke the Arctic life, despite the clich? this assertion carries. Because of this beauty and the fact that Adams often includes electronic keyboards in his scores, he is often mistaken for a new age artist. This misconception is understandable, but nevertheless wrong. In these long, slow, engulfing pieces, Adams deploys more than a meditative state. The way he looks at stillness and the playing of light in his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, and how he translates his findings to music are informed by the works of composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Morton Feldman, among others. The three pieces presented on this disc share a similar form. They are made from a progression of slow chords where movement is expressed through the expansion and reduction of intervals. The Farthest Place (11 minutes) is the simplest piece, stretched over a pentatonic frame. The Light That Fills the Void (13 minutes) is diatonic, softly introducing dissonances. In the accompanying press release, the label Cold Blue claims these are premiere recordings, but there is at least one recording of this particular piece predating this one (it appeared on the compilation Musicworks No. 82, performed by the Paul Dresher Ensemble). That said, this version is better, mainly because the ominous spacy keyboard sound has been replaced by the piano. The Immeasurable Space of Tones (27 minutes) makes the expansion/reduction architecture more complex by introducing inner cycles. The performers on all three pieces are Marty Walker (bass clarinet), Amy Knoles (vibraphone/marimba), Bryan Pezzone (piano), Nathaniel Reichman (keyboard), Robin Lorenz (violin), and Barry Newton (double bass). Adams' music sounds like it has nothing to accomplish. It simply exists, hanging in midair, waiting to be listened to. ~ Fran?ois Couture
Disc 1
1 The Farthest Place
2 The Light that Fills the World
3 The Immeasurable Space of Tones

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