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MUSIC OF ALL ERAS => Individual composers => Topic started by: Albion on July 27, 2021, 01:07:49 pm



Title: John Adams (b.1947)
Post by: Albion on July 27, 2021, 01:07:49 pm
One of my absolute favourite late twentieth century operas is John Adams' Nixon in China (1987), which I was lucky enough to see in a splendid and thrilling production by English National Opera way back in 2000...

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A firm admirer of Adams' music. Any other fans?

 :)


Title: Re: John Adams (b.1947)
Post by: cilgwyn on July 27, 2021, 01:24:49 pm
One of my absolute favourite late twentieth century operas is John Adams' Nixon in China (1987), which I was lucky enough to see in a splendid and thrilling production by English National Opera way back in 2000...

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A firm admirer of Adams' music. Any other fans?

 :)
I forgot that one! ::) I don't know the opera;but I like the orchestral work The Chairman Dances! And I seem to remember enjoying an Lp of his music,borrowed from the library! Back in the 1980's,I believe?!


Title: Re: John Adams (b.1947)
Post by: Lionel Harrison on July 27, 2021, 03:25:35 pm
A firm admirer of Adams' music. Any other fans?
 :)

Not me. But, as my wise old mother used to say, "It wouldn't do if we were all the same". If I had to listen to anything by a minimalist composer, it would probably be Philip Glass. But only if I had to...


Title: Re: John Adams (b.1947)
Post by: relm1 on July 27, 2021, 03:29:04 pm
I was at the world premiere of Doctor Atomic.  It blew me away!


Title: Re: John Adams (b.1947)
Post by: Albion on July 27, 2021, 05:34:29 pm
I was at the world premiere of Doctor Atomic.  It blew me away!

Lucky so-and-so! Adams is one of my favourite living composers - please give us a list of recommended recordings if possible. Besides Nixon, I only know Harmonium (1980), Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986), The Wound-Dresser (1989), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), Violin Concerto (1993) and the Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007) - but what I know I really like!

 :)


Title: Re: John Adams (b.1947)
Post by: relm1 on March 04, 2022, 02:25:32 pm
I was at the world premiere of Doctor Atomic.  It blew me away!

Lucky so-and-so! Adams is one of my favourite living composers - please give us a list of recommended recordings if possible. Besides Nixon, I only know Harmonium (1980), Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986), The Wound-Dresser (1989), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), Violin Concerto (1993) and the Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007) - but what I know I really like!

 :)

I also like his Violin Concerto No. 2, and prefer other conducting to his own performance of Doctor Atomic.  I also saw MET performance in a theater which was great too.  I'm going off memory but think the conductor was Alan Gilbert.