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Adams: Doctor Atomic / Renes/Netherlands PO [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Adams, John : Doctor Atomic
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The longing to overcome human boundaries lead the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to begin an experiment that formed a threat to the whole of humanity, and whose scientific results still do today. The question of the moral implications of the atomic bomb is raised in John Adams' opera, just as much as that of the influence on the private lives of the main characters. 'Doctor Atomic' is the fifth work to result from almost twenty years of collaboration between the American composer and his fellow American director and Erasmus Prize-winner Peter Sellars.



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BBC Music Magazine, October 200
Doctor Atomic centres on the hours before the first detonation of the atomic bomb... Peter Sellars's film of the opera is expressionistic, claustrophobic, sometimes deliberately out of focus. The sound quality is exceptionally good, as is the singing and playing under conductor Lawrence Renes.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2008
Gerald Finley carries the problems of the world on his shoulders as Oppenheimer and the Netherlands Philharmonic and Lawrence Renes play like it's the best score since Fidelio.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 288 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): DTS 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish



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Works Details

>Adams, John : Doctor Atomic
  • Performers: Jessica Rivera (Mezzo Soprano); Ellen Rabiner (Mezzo Soprano); Eric Owens (Bass); Jay Morris (Tenor); James Maddalena (Baritone); Thomas Glenn (Tenor); Gerald Finley (Baritone); Richard Fink (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Renes
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live