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John Adams (b.1947)


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« 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...



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

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"A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it." (Sydney Grew, 1922)

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« Reply #1 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...



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

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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?!
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2021, 03:25:35 pm »

A firm admirer of Adams' music. Any other fans?
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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...
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2021, 03:29:04 pm »

I was at the world premiere of Doctor Atomic.  It blew me away!
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« Reply #4 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!

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« Reply #5 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!

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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. 
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