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John Adams:The Death Of Klinghoffer

Kent Nagano & Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon

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Amazing Peice

This peice has really captivated me. I cannot express how much this music speaks to you. It is a somewhat aquired taste(as opera often is), but well worth the adjustment. John Adams is by far the composer of our era, and though there has been contrversy surrounding this opera, claims of it being anti-american and pro terrorsit that really do ring rather false, people forget that opera has always been a vehicle for controversial topics. This peice really satisfies everything you want from an opera, both the text and music will awaken your mind.

An average recording of an amazing opera

The Death of Klinghoffer is, to put it mildly, extremely controversial. But it is undeniably beautiful and haunting, and in my opinion it is one of John Adams's best work. This recording however comes off as unfocused in crucial parts, but overall manages to convey the beauty that John Adams intended through this widely-debated piece.

I think the most well-known song in the entire opera is the "Night Chorus", which is haunting and achingly beautiful. This version of it though comes across as muddled, as the tempo seems to be a tad too fast and the music seems to be too chaotic for the choir to handle properly. When the parts mesh together, this piece can be the defining note of the opera, but I feel the song doesn't live up to its advised quality. The "Chorus of Exiled Palestinians" and the other choir songs do deliver however, and I'm impressed by the haunting nature of the choir work. Again, with the exception of "Night Chorus", this is outstanding work.

Songs like "Swiss Grandmother: 'My grandson Didi, who was two'" and other normal singing arrangements are adequate for the recording, but are brought down by the mediocre "Night Chorus". It's really a rather large shame that the one song has to bring down this review so much, but I feel my one concern needs to be urgently addressed. Either way though, you could do worse than a buy of this recording.

Feel these emotions...

This is an inspiring list of easy listening play scenes about a trouble soul searching for love, happines,and a good anti-depressant. This really boosts my confidence and makes me feel one with this earth that is full of gangsters, skaters, and rockers, but what about those of us that are into ssearching for more in life? I believe this play helped me with the answers.

Biography

Born: November 22, 1951 in Morro Bay, CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Kent Nagano is one of the most exciting American conductors, with a particular expertise...
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