29 Jul 2020

VIDEO: NZSO - John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Shaker Loops

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 29 July 2020

The NZSO presents two contrasting works from American composer John Adams.

'Short Ride in A Fast Machine' is an exhilarating fantasy, with the orchestra speeding through nuanced changes in the harmonic landscape.

'Shaker Loops' is a piece of great minimalist architecture – a single idea exploded to encompass lightness and darkness, detail and expansiveness, wrapped in music that simply thrills.

You can watch the video here:


JOHN ADAMS: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

JOHN ADAMS: Shaker Loops

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart

Recorded in 2017 at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert with video by the NZSO


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