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1-01 Harmonium: I. Negative Love 10:32
1-02 Harmonium: II. Because I Could Not Stop for Death 9:41
1-03 Harmonium: III. Wild Nights 11:33
1-04 Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and Trembling 8:25
1-05 Shaker Loops: II. Hymning Slews 5:08
1-06 Shaker Loops: III. Loops and Verses 6:55
1-07 Shaker Loops: IV. A Final Shaking 3:56
2-01 The Chairman Dances / Foxtrot for Orchestra 12:28
2-02 Grand Pianola Music: First Movement 15:13
2-03 Grand Pianola Music: Second Movement: Second Movement 7:47
2-04 Grand Pianola Music: Third Movement: On the Dominant Divide 7:54
2-05 Fearful Symmetries 28:02
3-01 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 1: Opening 2:53
3-02 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 1: “Soldiers of heaven hold the sky” 2:48
3-03 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 1: “The people are the heroes now” 2:49
3-04 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 1: Landing of the Spirit of ’76 2:23
3-05 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 1: “Your flight was smooth, I hope?” 1:20
3-06 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 1: “News has a kind of mystery:” 7:09
3-07 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 3: “Ladies and gentlemen, Comrades and friends,” 6:37
3-08 Nixon in China: Act I: Scene 3: “Mr. Premier, distinguished guests,” 2:37
3-09 Nixon in China: Act I Scene 3: Cheers 3:45
3-10 Nixon in China: Act II: Scene 1: “This is prophetic!” 8:28
3-11 Nixon in China: Act II: Scene 2: Opening 2:54
3-12 Nixon in China: Act II: Scene 2: “Oh what a day I thought I’d die!” 4:48
3-13 Nixon in China: Act II: Scene 2: “Whip her to death!” 2:30
3-14 Nixon in China: Act II: Scene 2: “I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung” 6:30
3-15 Nixon in China: Act III: “Let us examine what you did.” 2:44
3-16 Nixon in China: Act III: “When I woke up...” 1:21
3-17 Nixon in China: Act III: “I have no offspring.” 1:55
3-18 Nixon in China: Act III: “I can keep still,” 2:11
3-19 Nixon in China: Act III: “After that—/ The sweat/ had soaked my uniform” 2:28
3-20 Nixon in China: Act III: “Peking watches the stars,” 2:43
3-21 Nixon in China: Act III: “You won at poker.” 3:14
3-22 Nixon in China: Act III: “I am old and I cannot sleep” 4:24
4-01 The Wound Dresser 19:06
4-02 Christian Zeal and Activity 10:06
4-03 Five Songs: Thoreau 1:29
4-04 Five Songs: Down East 2:24
4-05 Five Songs: Cradle Song 1:21
4-06 Five Songs: At the River 1:13
4-07 Five Songs: Serenity 1:58
4-08 Eros Piano 14:52
5-01 The Death of Klinghoffer: Prologue: Chorus of the Exiled Palestinians 8:33
5-02 The Death of Klinghoffer: Chorus of the exiled Jews 8:33
5-03 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act I: Scene 1: “It was just after 1:15” 8:09
5-04 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act I: Scene 1: “My Grandson Didi, who was two” 5:10
5-05 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act I: Scene 1: “Give these orders” 2:01
5-06 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act I: Scene 1: “So I said to my grandson” 1:18
5-07 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act I: Scene 1: “We are sorry for you” 1:16
5-08 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act I: Scene 1: Night Chorus 3:33
5-09 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act II: Chorus of Hagar and the Angel 5.23
5-10 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act II: Scene 1: “I’ve never been a violent man” 3:29
5-11 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act II: Scene 1: “You are always complaining of your suffering” 5:11
5-12 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act II: Scene 2: Aria of the Falling Body (Gymnopédie) 7:24
5-13 The Death of Klinghoffer: Act II: Scene 2: Day Chorus 4:30
6-01 Two Fanfares for Orchestra: Tromba Lontana 4:13
6-02 Two Fanfares for Orchestra: Short Ride in a Fast Machine 4:15
6-03 Common Tones in Simple Time 20:36
6-04 El Dorado: Part I. A Dream of Gold 12:35
6-05 El Dorado: Part II. Soledades 16:09
7-01 Harmonielehre: Part I 17:04
7-02 Harmonielehre: Part II. The Anfortas Wound 12:17
7-03 Harmonielehre: Part III. Meister Eckhardt and Quackie 10:36
7-04 Violin Concerto: Part I 14:56
7-05 Violin Concerto: Part II. Chaconne: “Body through which the dream flows” 11:31
7-06 Violin Concerto: Part III. Toccare 7:40
8-01 Chamber Symphony: Mongrel Airs 7:45
8-02 Chamber Symphony: Aria with Walking Bass 8:08
8-03 Chamber Symphony: Roadrunner 5:45
8-04 Hoodoo Zephyr: Tundra 10:29
8-05 Hoodoo Zephyr: Disappointment Lake 8:10
8-06 Hoodoo Zephyr: Hoodoo Zephyr 10:18
8-07 Gnarly Buttons: The Perilous Shore 9:55
8-08 Gnarly Buttons: Hoe-down (Mad Cow) 5:45
8-09 Gnarly Buttons: Put Your Loving Arms Around Me 8:32
9-01 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Ensemble—I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky 8:00
9-02 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: A Sermon on Romance 3:07
9-03 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Consuelo’s Dream 4:51
9-04 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Mike’s Song about Arresting a Particular Individual 3:18
9-05 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Tiffany’s Solo 4:49
9-06 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Song about the On-Site Altercation 2:45
9-07 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Song about the Bad Boys and the News 6:14
9-08 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Your Honor My Client He’s a Young Black Man 5:38
9-09 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Leila’s Song: Alone (Again or at Last) 4:14
9-10 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Three Weeks and Still I’m Outta My Mind 5:08
9-11 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Crushed by the Rock I Been Standing On 4:34
9-12 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Dewain’s Song of Liberation and Surprise 5:28
9-13 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: ¡Este País!/This Country! 4:24
9-14 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: One Last Look at the Angel in Your Eyes 1:57
9-15 I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky: Finale 4:36
10-01 Lollapalooza 6:42
10-02 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Judah to Ocean 2:30
10-03 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Toot Nipple 1:15
10-04 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Dogjam 2:31
10-05 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Pavane: She’s So Fine 6:32
10-06 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Rag the Bone 2:59
10-07 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Habanera 4:45
10-08 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Stubble Crotchet 2:39
10-09 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Hammer & Chisel 1:11
10-10 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Alligator Escalator 3:49
10-11 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Ständchen: The Little Serenade 4:52
10-12 John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Judah to Ocean (Reprise) 2:31
10-13 Slonimsky’s Earbox 13:21

Earbox

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    On October 19, 1999, Nonesuch Records released The John Adams Earbox, a 10-CD box set retrospective, representing nearly all of John Adams’s recorded output for the label. The set includes all of the composer’s major works with which Adams has redefined contemporary classical music over the previous two decades. All recordings on The John Adams Earbox were supervised by the composer, and many were conducted or performed by Adams as well. All but four works on the Earbox were originally released on Nonesuch as first recordings.

    The John Adams Earbox includes examples from every phase of Adams’s career, from his earliest orchestral pieces such as Grand Pianola Music (1982), Harmonielehre (1985), and Harmonium (1980), to the widely hailed operas Nixon in China (1985-86) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1990-91), to works of this decade including Chamber Symphony (1992), Violin Concerto (1993), John’s Book of Alleged Dances (written for Kronos Quartet in 1994), Gnarly Buttons (1995) and the 1995 stagework I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky.


    The Earbox features the world premiere recording of Slonimsky’s Earbox (1996), a virtuosic piece for orchestra, in a performance by The Hallé Orchestra with Kent Nagano conducting. Also included are the first Nonesuch recordings of Lollapalooza (1995), an orchestral piece written as a 40th birthday present for Simon Rattle, and Harmonium, in a performance by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Adams.


    A comprehensive illustrated booklet (nearly 200 pages) accompanies the box set with liner notes by John Adams, Renaud Machart (chief music critic of Le Monde), and Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Disc One—1-3: San Francisco Symphony, John Adams, conductor; San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Vance George, director. 4-7: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor.

    Disc Two—1: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor. 2-4: London Sinfonietta, John Adams, conductor; John Alley, Shelagh Sutherland, pianos; Nicole Tibbels, Judith Rees, sopranos; Teresa Shaw, mezzo-soprano. 5: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor.

    Disc Three—Music by John Adams. Libretto by Alice Goodman. Cast in order of appearance: Sanford Sylvan (Chou En-lai); James Maddalena (Richard Nixon); Thomas Hammons (Henry Kissinger); Carolann Page (Pat Nixon); Mari Opatz, Stephanie Friedman, Marion Dry (Three Contraltos, Secretaries to Mao); Trudy Ellen Craney (Chiang Ch’ing [Madame Mao Tse-tung]); John Duykers (Mao Tse-tung). Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Edo de Waart, conductor.

    Disc Four—1: Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor; Naoko Tanaka, violin; Chris Gekker, trumpet. 2: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor. 3-7: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor. 8: Paul Crossley, piano; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor.

    Disc Five
    —Music by John Adams. Libretto by Alice Goodman. Cast in order of appearance: James Maddalena (The Captain); Janice Felty (Swiss Godmother, Austrian Woman, British Dancing Girl); Thomas Hammons (The First Officer, “Rambo”); Thomas Young (Molqi); Eugene Perry (Mamoud); Sanford Sylvan (Leon Klinghoffer); Stephanie Friedman (Omar); Sheila Nadler (Marilyn Klinghoffer). Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, Kent Nagano, conductor. The London Opera Chorus, Richard Cooke, director.

    Disc Six
    —1-3: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor; Glenn Fischtal, Laurie McGaw, trumpets (1-2). 4-5: The Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor.

    Disc Seven—1-3: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor. 4-6: Gidon Kremer, violin; London Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor.

    Disc Eight—1-3, 7-9: London Sinfonietta, John Adams, conductor; Michael Collins, clarinet (7-9). 4-6: Performed by John Adams.

    Disc Nine—Music by John Adams. Libretto by June Jordan. Cast in order of appearance: Audra McDonald (Consuelo); Michael McElroy (Dewain); Welly Yang (Rick); Angela Teek (Leila); Darius de Haas (David); Marin Mazzie (Tiffany); Richard Muenz (Mike). Grant Gershon, vocal director. Seppo Kantonen, Marja Mutru, Markku Tabell, keyboards; Janne Murto, saxophone; Kari Tenkanen, clarinet, bass clarinet; Hannu Rantanen, electric bass, double bass; Jari Nieminen, guitar; Jari-Pekka Karvonen, drums. John Adams, conductor.

    Disc Ten—1, 13: The Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor. 2-12: Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, violin; John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; Joan Jeanrenaud, cello.

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Earbox
    This compilation mastered by Robert C. Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

    Design by Bethany Johns Design
    Box cover concept by John Heiden, SMOG Design
    Cover photo by William Clift, Point Reyes, CA, 1997

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Release Date: 
Friday, October 8, 1999 (All day)
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79453

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Description: 

On October 19, 1999, Nonesuch Records released The John Adams Earbox, a 10-CD box set retrospective, representing nearly all of John Adams’s recorded output for the label. The set includes all of the composer’s major works with which Adams has redefined contemporary classical music over the previous two decades. All recordings on The John Adams Earbox were supervised by the composer, and many were conducted or performed by Adams as well. All but four works on the Earbox were originally released on Nonesuch as first recordings.

The John Adams Earbox includes examples from every phase of Adams’s career, from his earliest orchestral pieces such as Grand Pianola Music (1982), Harmonielehre (1985), and Harmonium (1980), to the widely hailed operas Nixon in China (1985-86) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1990-91), to works of this decade including Chamber Symphony (1992), Violin Concerto (1993), John’s Book of Alleged Dances (written for Kronos Quartet in 1994), Gnarly Buttons (1995) and the 1995 stagework I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky.


The Earbox features the world premiere recording of Slonimsky’s Earbox (1996), a virtuosic piece for orchestra, in a performance by The Hallé Orchestra with Kent Nagano conducting. Also included are the first Nonesuch recordings of Lollapalooza (1995), an orchestral piece written as a 40th birthday present for Simon Rattle, and Harmonium, in a performance by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Adams.


A comprehensive illustrated booklet (nearly 200 pages) accompanies the box set with liner notes by John Adams, Renaud Machart (chief music critic of Le Monde), and Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

This 10-CD box set retrospective represents John Adams’s first 20-years' recorded output for Nonesuch, comprising composer-supervised recordings—many conducted or performed by Adams—from every phase of his career; features the world premiere recording of Slonimsky’s Earbox and the first Nonesuch recordings of Lollapalooza and Harmonium.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Disc One—1-3: San Francisco Symphony, John Adams, conductor; San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Vance George, director. 4-7: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor.

Disc Two—1: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor. 2-4: London Sinfonietta, John Adams, conductor; John Alley, Shelagh Sutherland, pianos; Nicole Tibbels, Judith Rees, sopranos; Teresa Shaw, mezzo-soprano. 5: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor.

Disc Three—Music by John Adams. Libretto by Alice Goodman. Cast in order of appearance: Sanford Sylvan (Chou En-lai); James Maddalena (Richard Nixon); Thomas Hammons (Henry Kissinger); Carolann Page (Pat Nixon); Mari Opatz, Stephanie Friedman, Marion Dry (Three Contraltos, Secretaries to Mao); Trudy Ellen Craney (Chiang Ch’ing [Madame Mao Tse-tung]); John Duykers (Mao Tse-tung). Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Edo de Waart, conductor.

Disc Four—1: Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor; Naoko Tanaka, violin; Chris Gekker, trumpet. 2: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor. 3-7: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor. 8: Paul Crossley, piano; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Adams, conductor.

Disc Five
—Music by John Adams. Libretto by Alice Goodman. Cast in order of appearance: James Maddalena (The Captain); Janice Felty (Swiss Godmother, Austrian Woman, British Dancing Girl); Thomas Hammons (The First Officer, “Rambo”); Thomas Young (Molqi); Eugene Perry (Mamoud); Sanford Sylvan (Leon Klinghoffer); Stephanie Friedman (Omar); Sheila Nadler (Marilyn Klinghoffer). Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, Kent Nagano, conductor. The London Opera Chorus, Richard Cooke, director.

Disc Six
—1-3: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor; Glenn Fischtal, Laurie McGaw, trumpets (1-2). 4-5: The Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor.

Disc Seven—1-3: San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, conductor. 4-6: Gidon Kremer, violin; London Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor.

Disc Eight—1-3, 7-9: London Sinfonietta, John Adams, conductor; Michael Collins, clarinet (7-9). 4-6: Performed by John Adams.

Disc Nine—Music by John Adams. Libretto by June Jordan. Cast in order of appearance: Audra McDonald (Consuelo); Michael McElroy (Dewain); Welly Yang (Rick); Angela Teek (Leila); Darius de Haas (David); Marin Mazzie (Tiffany); Richard Muenz (Mike). Grant Gershon, vocal director. Seppo Kantonen, Marja Mutru, Markku Tabell, keyboards; Janne Murto, saxophone; Kari Tenkanen, clarinet, bass clarinet; Hannu Rantanen, electric bass, double bass; Jari Nieminen, guitar; Jari-Pekka Karvonen, drums. John Adams, conductor.

Disc Ten—1, 13: The Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor. 2-12: Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, violin; John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; Joan Jeanrenaud, cello.

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Earbox
This compilation mastered by Robert C. Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

Design by Bethany Johns Design
Box cover concept by John Heiden, SMOG Design
Cover photo by William Clift, Point Reyes, CA, 1997

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz