John Adams: Hallelujah Junction - A Nonesuch Retrospective

Album Summary

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre
>Adams, John : Shaker Loops
>Adams, John : Harmonium
>Adams, John : Nixon in China
>Adams, John : Chamber Symphony
>Adams, John : Gnarly Buttons
>Adams, John : Hoodoo Zephyr
>Adams, John : Death of Klinghoffer
>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky
>Adams, John : Concerto for Violin
>Adams, John : Naive and Sentimental Music
>Adams, John : El Niño
>Adams, John : A Flowering Tree
>Adams, John : The Dharma at Big Sur
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"It doesn't hurt that Adams has an exclusive contract with Nonesuch to release the first recording of each work, and most of the performances here have the authority of being recorded with the composer's input... For the newcomer to Adams, there's no better introduction to his work, and even fans who already own recordings of many of these pieces may find this survey an exhilarating reminder of the scope of the composer's imagination." -AllMusicGuide



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Works Details

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre :: Part I
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Running Time: 17 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Adams, John : Shaker Loops :: Part I. Shaking and Trembling
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Adams, John : Harmonium :: Part III. Wild Nights
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980-1981

>Adams, John : Nixon in China :: Act 1. Scene 3. Ladies and Gentlemen
  • Performers: Carolann Page (Soprano); James Maddalena (Baritone); Thomas Hammons (Voice); Sanford Sylvan (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1985-1987

>Adams, John : Nixon in China :: Act 1. Scene 3. Mr. Premier, distinguished guests
  • Performers: Carolann Page (Soprano); James Maddalena (Baritone); Thomas Hammons (Voice); Sanford Sylvan (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1985-1987

>Adams, John : Nixon in China :: Act 1. Scene 3. Cheers
  • Performers: Carolann Page (Soprano); James Maddalena (Baritone); Thomas Hammons (Voice); Sanford Sylvan (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1985-1987

>Adams, John : Chamber Symphony :: 1st Movement. Mongrel Airs
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Adams, John : Gnarly Buttons :: 3rd Movement. Put Your Loving Arms Around Me
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Adams, John : Hoodoo Zephyr
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992-1993

>Adams, John : Death of Klinghoffer :: Chorus of Exiled Palestinians
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1990-91.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1990-1991

>Adams, John : Death of Klinghoffer :: Chorus of Exiled Jews
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1990-91.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1990-1991

>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky :: !Este Pais! (This Country!)
  • Performers: Markku Tabell (Keyboards); Jari-Pekka Karvonen (Drums); Janne Murto (Saxophone); Hannu Rantanen (Double Bass); Seppo Kantonen (Keyboards); Jari Nieminen (Guitar); Kari Tenkanen (Clarinet); Marja Mutru (Keyboards); Audra McDonald (Soprano); Michael McElroy (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Adams, John : Concerto for Violin :: 3rd Movement. Toccare
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1993

>Adams, John : Naive and Sentimental Music :: Part 3. Chain to the Rhythm
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA (10/25/1999-10/26/1999)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997-1998

>Adams, John : El Niño :: The Babe Leaped in Her Womb
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Notes: Composition written: 1999-2000.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1999-2000

>Adams, John : El Niño :: Magnificat
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Notes: Composition written: 1999-2000.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1999-2000

>Adams, John : A Flowering Tree :: Act II. Scene 4. Kumudha and the Beggar Minstrels
  • Performers: Astri Kusama (Dancer); Rusini Sidi (Dancer); Eko Supriyanto (Dancer); Jessica Rivera (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Notes: Barbican Center, London, England (08/07/2007-08/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2006

>Adams, John : The Dharma at Big Sur :: Part I. A New Day
  • Performer: Tracy Silverman (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London / Skywalker Ranch, San Francisco, CA (08/23/2004/04/08/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003