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John Adams

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  • Years Active: 2000s
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By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Whenever a new composer "arrives," a portion of the ensuing excitement comes from the fact that their future remains unwritten. Anything can still happen, and it's precisely that lack of baggage that makes the early works so thrilling. Before long, though, the academics pounce and attempt to categorize everything; the allure of compartmentalizing becomes too difficult to resist. So it can feel sometimes with John Adams, one of the most performed and beloved (and discussed) of… more »

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Icon: John Adams

By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Whenever a new composer "arrives," a portion of the ensuing excitement comes from the fact that their future remains unwritten. Anything can still happen, and it's precisely that lack of baggage that makes the early works so thrilling. Before long, though, the academics pounce and attempt to categorize everything; the allure of compartmentalizing becomes too difficult to resist. So it can feel sometimes with John Adams, one of the most performed and beloved (and discussed) of… more »

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The Emotional Eloquence Of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

By Justin Davidson, Contributor

Because she died early and her celebrity came late, and because she always sang as if she were on intimate terms with death, a whiff of tragedy clings to the recordings of mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. In her recital performance of Mahler's orchestral song "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen," she practically exhales the opening words ("I am lost to the world") in a voice that buzzes with desolate pallor. As the song goes… more »