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American Opera Classics - Adams: I Was Looking... / Simon

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  1. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 1 Ensemble "I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 2 A Sermon on Romance $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 4 Solo in Sunlight $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 5 ¿Donde Estas? $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 8 Song about the on Site Altercation $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 9 Song About the Bad Boys and the News $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 13 Song About Law School as the Natural Follow-up to Jail $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act I: No. 15 Song About the Sweet Majority Population of the World $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 16 Duet: Three Weeks and Still Im Outta my Mind $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: Earthquake-Sounds $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 17 Earthquake Music $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 18 Crushed by the Rock I Been Standing On $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 19 Duet in the Middle of Terrible Duress
  14. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 21 Este Pais/This Country $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 22 One Last Look At the Angel in Your Eyes $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Adams — I was looking at the ceiling...Act II: No. 23 Finale $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky
>Sound, Recorded : Sound Effects
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The two act song play I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky is the third collaboration between Adams and Peter Sellars, following Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. The intriguing title refers to the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and its effect on 7 diverse characters, whose words have been skillfully woven into a lyrical libretto by the late writer and civil rights champion June Jordan. The stories are told over the course of 24 Broadway style songs. Of course, it is Broadway Adams style, with all of the aesthetic nuances you would expect and some that both surprised and delighted his fans.



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>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky
  • Performers: Jeannette Friedrich (Voice); Lilith Gardell (Voice); Darius Haas (Voice); Jonas Holst (Voice); Martina Mühlpointner (Voice); Markus Neisser (Tenor); Kimako Trotman (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Klaus Simon
  • Ensemble: Holst Sinfonietta
  • Notes: Tonstudio Oase, Freiburg-Wolfenweiler, Germany / Tonstudio R, Vienna, Austria (01/28/2004-02/01/2004)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Sound, Recorded : Sound Effects :: I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, Act 2. Earthquake-Sounds
  • Notes: Tonstudio Oase, Freiburg-Wolfenweiler, Germany / Tonstudio R, Vienna, Austria (01/28/2004-02/01/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky
  • Conductor: Klaus Simon
  • Ensemble: Young Opera Company Freiburg
  • Notes: Tonstudio Oase, Freiburg-Wolfenweiler, Germany / Tonstudio R, Vienna, Austria (01/28/2004-02/01/2004)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995