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Composer: Adams, John Luther (b. 1953)

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Year of birth1953
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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RotterdamJohn Luther Adams: Become Desert

Wagemans, Britten, Adams
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Kevin John Edusei; Nederlands Kamerkoor
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An apocalyptic spectacle from Robert Ames and the LCO

Robert Ames and London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir © Mark Allan | Barbican
Excellent performances of Scelsi's Uaxuctum and John Luther Adams' prescient Become Ocean were by accompanied by an impressive, but ultimately distracting audiovisual display.
***11
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New York Philharmonic shines in a concert performance of Die Walküre

Simon O'Neill © Askonas Holt
New York Philharmonic, under the strong leadership of its incoming music director, demonstrated that they can perform opera as well as symphonies in an impressive performance of Act 1 of Die Walküre.
***11
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Proms at... Wilton’s: Conference of the Birds

Marcus Farnsworth performs Eight Songs for a Mad King © BBC | Mark Allan
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group present an ambitious mixture of experimental chamber music and disquieting monodrama. 
***11
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Morlot impresses in rare Sibelius with the CBSO

Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
A programme based around aquatic themes visited the choppy waters of Scandinavia and the calmer tides of the Mediterranean before plumbing the shallows of an unfathomable recent work.  
***11
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Beguiled by Beethoven and John Luther Adams

Ludovic Morlot © Sussie Ahlburg
Ludovic Morlot guest-conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a life-affirming programme pairing classic Beethoven with a contemporary masterpiece by John Luther Adams.
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