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The John Adams Edition

Recorded during John Adam’s 70th birthday year in the 2016/17 season, while John Adams was Composer in Residence at The Berlin Philharmoniker

CD and Blue Ray DVD box set

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New Releases

Dr. Atomic Opera

The first recording of John Adams‘s 2005 opera, Doctor Atomic, is out now on Nonesuch Records. Longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars created the libretto, drawing from original sources. The composer leads the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in this recording, which features a cast led by Gerald Finley, who originated the role of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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John Adams Violin Concerto, Leila Josefowicz

The Boston Globe described the work as having “the qualities of intelligence, craftsmanship, and quirkiness that have always marked the composer and his work; this time Adams also mingles virtuoso show with soul, popular appeal with the staying power that comes from intellectual interest,”

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Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?

Written in 2017-18 at the request of Yuja Wang, the new piano concerto is a twenty five-minute work in three movements, played without pause.

First performance: March 7, 2019

Yuja Wang, pianist

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The Early Years

New Biography

Born in 1947 in Massachusetts, John Adams is 10 years younger than Steve Reich and Philip Glass, with whom he is often classified as a Minimalist. His success has much to do with an espousal of modality and regular pulse – musical elements reintroduced by the Minimalists in reaction to much modernist music. Yet Adams’s approach since the late 1970s emphasises two things that early Minimalism is generally said to have rejected. One is direct emotional expression; the other concerns allusions to, and even direct…more