The Guardian of London, BBC Music Magazine and the New York Times have both weighed in on the St. Louis Symphony’s latest CD produced by Nonesuch Records, City Noir. The release features composer John Adams’ symphony focusing on the ambience of Los Angeles in the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as his Saxophone Concerto, featuring soloist Timothy McAllister. The St. Louis Symphony, led by Music Director David Robertson, recorded both pieces last year. 

“Dense, brash and exuberant, these two stellar works by John Adams are love letters to the confidence of the 1950s and a time when some of the greatest feats of virtuosity were often performed in smoky jazz clubs. David Robertson leads an incisive performance; the saxophonist Timothy McAllister sizzles,” the New York Times observed.

The Guardian said the “St. Louis Symphony captures the composer’s infectious energy,” and called it an “Impressively sustained performance.”

BBC's Music Magazine awarded the recording five stars.

The St. Louis Symphony's last release with Nonesuch was Adams' composition Doctor Atomic Symphony, which was named Classical Album of the Decade by the Times of London.

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