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Work: El Niño

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ComposerAdams, John (b. 1947)
PeriodContemporary
Year2000
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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HoustonAdams’ El Niño

Adams: El Niño
Houston Symphony; David Robertson; Susanna Phillips; Kelley O'Connor; Davóne Tines; Daniel Bubeck
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An alternative Nativity at the Barbican

John Adams © Vern Evans
John Adams' Christmas oratorio sees some fine performances, but was ultimately found wanting.
***11
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El Niño at Spoleto

This is not the Messiah you know; it's the one you live with. In El Niño, the story is told through texts ancient and contemporary, from a new perspective.
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The Rest is Noise: Adams' El Niño

Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival came to an end with John Adams' oratorio El Niño, composed in 2000. The London Philharmonic Orchestra suited the piece well, and this was a performance to cherish.
****1
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El Niño de John Adams : une œuvre explorant la musicalité du langage

John Adams © Vern Evans
Cet oratorio, dont le livret de John Adams et Peter Sellars mélange habilement plusieurs langues semble symboliser l'universalité du langage musical. Interprété avec beaucoup de justesse par le LSO, il constitue une oeuvre majeure du compositeur américain.
*****
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