Harmonium/Choruses from The Death Of Klinghoffer
Kent Nagano & Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
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||Harmonium: Negative Love||John Adams||10:32||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Harmonium: Because I Could Not Stop for Death||John Adams||9:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Harmonium: Wild Nights||John Adams||11:38||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Prologue: Chorus Of Exiled Palestinians (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||8:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prologue: Chorus Of Exiled Jews (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||8:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act 1, Scene 1: Ocean Chorus (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||5:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act 1, Scene 2: Night Chorus (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II: Hagar Chorus (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||5:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II, Scene 1: Desert Chorus (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||5:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II, Scene 2: Day Chorus (LP Version)||The Opera De Lyon||4:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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."
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
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s