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Chilling work by John Adams Remembers the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, September NY Phil, 09/13/20

Opening measures of Adams' work

On the Transmigration of Souls is a composition for orchestra, chorus, children's choir, and pre-recorded tape by the American composer John Adams (born 1947). It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center's Great Performers  shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001. Adams began writing the piece in late January 2002, and the music was premiered by the New York Philharmonic on September 19, 2002 at Avery Fisher Hall. Hear it on the 9/13/20 broadcast.

9/6        Dvorak: Cello Concerto Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Yo-Yo Ma, c; Sylvia McNair, s; Florence Quivar, ms; Stuart Neil, t; Rene Pape, bs; New York Choral Artists; American Boychoir; Kurt Masur, cond))

9/13      Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls  Brahms:  A German Requiem (Heidi Grant Murphy, s; Thomas Hampson, bar; New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, dir; Lorin Maazel, cond, Kurt Masur, cond)

9/20      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 (Emmanuel Ax, p; Alan Gilbert, cond)

9/27      Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 (Yefim Bronfman, p; Jaap van Zweden, cond)