&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

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

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Naxos 8.559031
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In this collection of orchestral works Marin Alsop proves once again that she is one of the leading conductors in the world. She leads the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra here with clarity and precision, gaining from them a taut sense of rhythm and ensemble, and ravishing string colors.

Highly recommended on all fronts.

MusicWeb International

6th December, 2004

If you could have only one John Adams disc this would be a good choice. Conductor Marin Alsop scores again with these magnificent performances and the sound is superior.

1st November 2004

Recording of the Month: John Adams Shaker Loops

All of Marin Alsop’s discs that I’ve heard to date have impressed me but I fancy that this disc may be her most important achievement to date in the studio. For the newcomer to Adams’s music this is well-nigh ideal. Those who are already enthusiasts for his music should also add it to their collection, even if this involves duplication, for it is a top quality release.

Urgently recommended.

MusicWeb International

10th October, 2004