Adams: Harmonielehre - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Released: Mar 2012
Label: San Francisco Symphony
One of Adams' first orchestral triumphs, "Harmonielehre," has become one of those pieces that conductors use to prove their modernist prowess. Here comes Michael Tilson Thomas with his San Francisco players, and hell if they don't blast away other (fine) versions of the minimalist-goes-lyrical masterwork. The opening may not be as commanding as in David Robertson's live recording with the St. Louis Symphony, but Thomas keeps up the momentum better throughout. The miniature "Short Ride" is a fitting dessert, but almost anti-climactic after the exquisitely turned main course.