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

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