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Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, July 2017

…this “podcast album” of both of Adams’ chamber symphonies is so refreshing and valuable. The performances of both of these important works by the always splendid and innovative Alarm Will Sound are amazing, of course. The real bonus here is the extended commentary and discussion tracks with John Adams, AWS director Alan Pierson and members of the ensemble.

…these present performances are outstanding and when you add in the very valuable and entertaining discussion tracks, I think this is the recording to have. In fact, I believe this very album would make an ideal first exposure to John Adams and his music. Highly recommended! © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), June 2017

Even without the background offered by the interview segments, these would be ideally engaging and immediate performances of these chamber symphonies—lively, clear, virtuosic and deeply sensitive to each piece’s moments of earnest lyricism. But thanks to the spoken insights into the composition and interpretation of these dazzling little symphonies, Splitting Adams offers the listener not just a great album of new music but a brand new way of hearing it. © 2017 WQXR (New York) Read complete review



David Olds
The WholeNote, May 2017

…a stunning work, made more memorable by the “Illuminating Introduction” provided in this excellent collaboration. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review




Infodad.com, May 2017

The release has elements of a podcast, elements of a traditional concert (the chamber symphonies themselves), elements of a tribute to the composer, elements of sound display for its own sake—it is less about the music than about the way the particular creator of this music feels and thinks and thus (the argument goes) inevitably produced these specific works. …The idea here is to use a well-known, influential modern composer (who himself has numerous supporters and detractors) as the centerpiece of an offering that tries, through both music and words, to explore the artistic experience itself. Those looking for such an exploration are those to whom this recording will be most attractive. © 2017 Infodad.com Read complete review





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