Notes & Reviews:
Awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and described as "...the loveliest apocalypse in musical history," (the New Yorker's Alex Ross), John Luther Adams' majestic orchestral work Become Ocean is an exploration of depth, turbulence, eerie silence and ultimately enveloping calm. Performed by the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, the music, meant to be heard as a continuous listening experience, casts an expressive arc that's by turns intimate and expansive -- an ebbing and flowing sonic journey that finds the composer testing the very limits of his imagination.
BBC Music Magazine
A wondrous and tumultuous single-movement work for large orchestra that affirms music's capacity to shift our very state of being...The work combines great formal simplicity...with an almost unfathomable complexity of timbre and, at times, tonal construction. The Seattle Symphony...give an outstanding account.
This is not an ersatz programmatic music...Adams's 'sonic geography' is a by-product of what can only be described as a keenly felt musical osmosis. If ever an orchestra sounded like an immense sonic object, slowly floating across a vast area, then this must be it.
Recording information: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea (11/12/2013).
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Works DetailsAdams, John Luther : Become Ocean, for orchestra
- Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
- Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
- Running Time: 42 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Orchestral
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