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VA - Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2014)

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VA - Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2014)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Deutsche Grammophon / 479 2243
Genre: Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism
Total Time: 2:13:03
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 592 mb

Vocalement, la palme revient incontestablement au ténor Russell Thomas, dont chaque intervention se détache avec bonheur de la masse sonore. Sa voix s'élance au-dessus du magma, expressive et déliée, et retient aussitôt l'attention de l'auditeur . . . [Tamara Mumford]: une voix de bronze aux graves stupéfiants . . . L'écriture chorale a toujours été une des grandes forces de John Adams. La "Los Angeles Master Chorale" a ici l'occasion de briller dans les registres les plus divers puisqu'au choeur reviennent aussi bien les moments de confusion, quand la foule crie sa hargne ou son désarroi, que les pages exprimant la ferveur ou sérénité, tandis que l'orchestre bénéficie pour lui seul de quelques-uns des passages les plus marquants, comme la résurrection de Lazare, moment à partir duquel l'oeuvre décolle véritablement, secondée par la fougue de Gustavo Dudamel. Ayant pris ses distances par rapport au dogme minimaliste, John Adams excelle à varier les atmosphères, notamment à travers le recours à des instruments rares, comme le cymbalum . . .
Record Review / Laurent Bury, Forum Opéra / 10. March 2014

World Premiere Recording Of John Adams
21st Century Masterpiece --The Los Angeles Times

…Both formally and thematically, it serves as a reply to Bachs Passions in much the same way that El Nino did for Handels Messiah…much of The Gospel finds Adams at his most evocative and inventive --San Francisco Chronicle

…contains some of the strongest, most impassioned music of Adams career…an immensely potent work. --The New Yorker

Product Description
A timely, controversial work of grand proportions, The Gospel According To The Other Mary is a new, full-scale re-imagining of the Bach oratorio from composer John Adams and iconoclast writer/director Peter Sellars.

Adams and Sellars previous collaborations included Nixon In China, the most-performed American opera since Gershwins Porgy and Bess, and Dr. Atomic, an opera about the invention of the atomic bomb.

Focusing on the oft marginalized perspectives of Mary Magdalene and Martha, The Gospel According To The Other Mary sets Biblical characters and events, including the resurrection of Lazarus and the passion of Christ, in a powerfully political, contemporary light.

As with the nativity oratorio El Nino (a response to Handels Messiah), and the opera Dr. Atomic, the libretto is been assembled by Peter Sellars, who has interwoven events from the New and Old Testaments with poetry reflecting themes of faith and liberation from the 12th Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to the 20th Century Mexican feminist poet Rosario Castellanos.

This World Premiere recording, featuring the original cast, was made in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, at performances staged by Peter Sellars - with soloists, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

A champion of contemporary music and social engagement through art, Gustavo Dudamel commissioned The Gospel…, together with the LA Phil, as part of a long-standing creative relationship with John Adams.

This important DG release marks the 5th Anniversary of Gustavo Dudamels appointment as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the 10th Anniversary of the LA Phils home, Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Disc: 1
1. Scene 1: The next day in the city jail we were searched for drugs
2. Now a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house
3. Scene 2: And she had a sister named Mary
4. I am surprised that I am beginning to pray daily
5. Chorus: En un día de amor
6. Scene 3: Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus
7. Lazarus dies
8. Why standest thou afar off, Lord?
9. In my own quietly explosive here
10. Don t touch my left arm!
11. When Mary was come where Jesus was
12. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone
13. Lazarus rises from the dead
14. Chorus: Drop down, ye heavens
15. Scene 4: Supper at Bethany
16. For the grave cannot praise thee
17. Mary washes the feet of Jesus
18. Scene 5: And there were some who had indignation within themselves
19. We know there will be no utopias
20. Tell me: How is this night different from all other night?

Disc: 2
1. Chorus: Who rips his flesh down the seams
2. Scene 1: Arrest of Jesus
3. Scene 2: Arrest of the Women
4. Up at two A.M., picketed all day...
5. The said defendants, on or about August 2nd
6. Prayer of the Mexican women
7. Scene 3: Golgotha
8. Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me
9. Now there stood at the cross of Jesus...
10. When Jesus saw his mother...
11. Scene 4: Night
12. His son cried out to him...
13. Scene 5: The Sepulchre; Marys awakening
14. Mary awakes at dawn
15. Chorus: It is spring
16. Scene 6: Earthquake and Recognition
17. Why seek ye the living among the dead?

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