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Bartók Dance Suite Debussy arr John Adams Livre de Baudelaire John Adams Harmonielehre
John Adams conductor Dawn Upshaw soprano London Symphony Orchestra
‘Only a brave, or foolhardy, composer sets about re-orchestrating Debussy’ said Gramophone magazine, yet John Adams did just that to great effect with Debussy’s early songs. His own Harmonielehre (‘study of harmony’) is inspired by a dream of a gigantic super-tanker taking off from the surface of San Francisco Bay. Bartok’s Dance Suites are six traditional Hungarian Dances, witty, melodic, jovial and carefree.