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Harmonium/Choruses from The Death Of Klinghoffer

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Album Review

The creations of post-classical composers yield a treasure trove for the adventurous ear. John Adams, a West Coast composer, gives the world a wealth of new compositions through the San Francisco orchestra. His post-modern 1991 opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," a modern tale of terrorism, is one such work. The choruses from this modern tale of Middle East mayhem are as powerful as Verdi's mourning of the Jews in "Nabucco." The Nonesuch label brings these choruses with an equally haunting Adams work on "Harmonium/The Klinghoffer Choruses."

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Magical and Full of Power!

I first stumbled on this recording after its recommendation in "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die." It is quite simply amazing, full of passion and color. Put this on during the next rainy day, sit back, and drink it all in.

A delicious work

I can't comment on the recording yet; I'm only saying that I just heard it performed in Chicago two nights ago and loved it. After reading in the program the text of the Emily Dickinson poems it sets, I was actually envisioning an entire short film the whole time I listened to the music. I hope you can see the main character's life, death, and reflection in partly the way I did when you listen to Harmonium.


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 in 20th Century repertory. His parents were Nissei (second-generation Japanese-Americans), who ran a family farm in Morro Park. He was brought up with American and Japanese traditions. For instance, in music he studied viola, clarinet, and koto, in addition to being taught piano by his mother. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, graduating with highest honors. He took an advanced degree at...
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