CD John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather (CD 606778), Audio Other
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John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather


  • 1. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: The Place Where You Go to Listen
    2. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: Drums of Winter
    3. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: Pointed Mountains Scattered All Around
    4. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: The Circle of Suns and Moons
    5. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: The Circle of Winds
    6. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: Deep and Distant Thunder
    7. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: River With No Willows
    8. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: One That Stays All Winter
    9. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: Drums of Fire, Drums of Stone
    10. Earth and the Great Weather: A Sonic Geography of the Arctic: Where the Waves Splash, Hitting Again and Again
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80459

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Luther Adams
    EngineerJay Cloidt

    Personnel: John Luther Adams (percussion); Dave Hunsaker (vocals); Robin Lorenz, Rob Lorentz (violin, percussion); Ron Lawrence , Robert Lawrence (viola); Michael Finckel (cello); Robert Wilson Black, Robert Black (double bass, percussion); Amy Knoles (percussion).
    Liner Note Authors: John Luther Adams; Howard Klein.
    Recording information: Charles W. Davis Concert Hall, University of Alaska, Fa.
    Photographers: Dennis Keeley; Michio Hoshino.
    Translators: Lincoln Tritt; James Nageak; Adeline Peter Raboff.
    Earth and the Great Weather is a radical departure from the choral work with which John Luther Adams first made his name. Here, over orchestration of strings and percussion, five narrators recite the text, an impressionistic portrait of the Arctic landscape. The narrative voices, frequently overlapping, present the text in English, Latin, and two Native American languages. Adams sets his narration over graceful string passages, which he punctuates with harsh, bracing percussion trios. It's beautiful work, but Adams here still doesn't seem to be entirely his own man. Earth and the Great Weather recalls the operas of Robert Ashley far too closely, much as his previous major work, "The Far Country of Sleep," bears much too close a resemblance to the choral works of Morton Feldman. The problem of all-too-obvious influences aside, however, Earth and the Great Weather is well worth a serious listen. ~ Peter Nappi

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