Duration : 1h10
Celebrating the seventieth birthday of a great composer.
In 2017 John Adams will be seventy and the Orchestre National de Lyon, together with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, will be giving a birthday concert in his honour.
The music of John Adams is usually described as minimalist, but he is not a strict follower of that movement. Shaker Loops (1978) takes up the idea of repeating loops of oscillations on string instruments. Its name refers to the “shaking” of the strings as they oscillate between notes, and to Adams’s idea of the movements of the Shaker community, dancing to lively, repetitive, music. John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994) is a composition for string quartet and recorded prepared piano. The dances are “alleged” because “the steps for them had yet to be invented”. The superb trio for violin clarinet and piano by Béla Bartok will conclude this tribute to John Adams.
Coproduction GRAME, Biennale Musique en Scène, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and Orchestre National de Lyon.
With the support of Musique Nouvelle en Liberté.
Nicolas Chalvin, conductor
Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
With musicians from Auditorium – Orchestre National de Lyon
Nans Moreau, clarinet
Yves Chalamon & Philip Lumbus, violin
Lise Niqueux, alto
Stephen Eliascon, cello
John’s Book of Alleged Dances for string quartet and recorded prepared piano (1994) (excerpts)
Alligator Escalator, Pavane : She’s So Fine, Toot Nipple, Stubble Crotchet
Musicians of the National Orchestra of Lyon : Yves Chalamon et Philip Lumbus, violin – Lise Niqueux, alto – Steve Eliason, cello
Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano Sz 111
Musicians of the National Orchestra of Lyon : Nans Moreau, clarinet – Jacques-Yves Rousseau, violin – Angélique Salines, piano
Shaker Loops for string orchestra (1983)
Orchestre des Pays de Savoie ; Nicolas Chalvin, direction
In the framework of the Happy Days #4 of the Auditorium-National Orchestra of Lyon