John Adams, ADAMS: Shaker Loops / Wound Dresser / Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Meditative and ecstatic, Loops is a new classic

This album is an excellent introduction to some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning John Adams 'most influential works. Adams 'music is vibrantly performed by tenor Nathan Gunn (in the elegiac "Wound Dresser"), the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and noted conductor Marin Alsop, a New York City native who has an instinctive grasp of both the exhilarating, juggernaut motion of "Short Ride" and the meditative ecstasy of the four-movement "Shaker Loops," a minimalistic work inspired by the Shaker religious tradition.