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John Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky

 
 
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Kimako Xavier Trotman, Lilith Gardell & others. Young Opera Company Freiburg. The Band of Holst-Sinfonietta. Klaus Siimon, conductor.
Label Naxos
Format 2 CDs
Runtime/Release Date 72'37,43'22/2005
UPC 730099690324
Daedalus Item Code 57643
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Set to a fantastic libretto by poet June Jordan and inspired by the 1994 California earthquake, John Adams's 1995 "song play" is a unique hybrid of opera and musical featuring 23 songs sung by seven characters in styles ranging from rock to gospel to pop. Adams's 1987 opera Nixon in China brought him immediate national fame, and he has continued to write works that appeal to both classical and mainstream audiences.

"A complete revelation ... an undoubted masterpiece.... It is a true crossover work, and its basic parlando style, laced with set pieces, is all Adams's own…. The piece centers on ... young people from Los Angeles, of varying social and ethnic backgrounds, and Adams's set numbers bring outstanding lyrical inspirations."—Penguin Guide

"Adams's mix of social comment and old-fashioned love story really cooks."—Classic FM

 
 
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