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  • "It would be difficult to make an account of all the ways John Adams’s music has influenced me and my work," Nico Muhly writes in his note in the upcoming 40-disc box set John Adams Collected Works, "but in the spirit of writing something personal, I’d like to offer a few perhaps impersonal observations about his work in a more circular, even crabwise, fashion. There are specific places in John’s music where there is a rhyme hidden across decades, relating to an elusive sense of 'meaning' in his music which radiates across his body of work." You can read his complete note from the box set here.

  • Nonesuch Records releases the forty-disc John Adams Collected Works, a box set of recordings spanning more than four decades of the composer’s career with the label, on July 1, 2022. It includes two extensive booklets with new essays and notes by Timo Andres, Julia Bullock, Robert Hurwitz, Nico Muhly, and Jake Wilder-Smith. Nonesuch made its first record with John Adams in 1985; he was signed exclusively to the label that year, and since then the company has released forty-two first recordings and thirty-one all-Adams albums. “John Adams coming to the label was one of the central events in our company’s history,” says Robert Hurwitz, Nonesuch’s longtime President and current Chairman Emeritus. “The recordings were done in real time, mostly within a few months of a piece’s first performance. Every recording was either conducted by John, or made under close supervision of the composer, who was in the control booth for every album—when he wasn’t on the podium.” Collected Works includes thirty-five discs of Nonesuch recordings and five from other labels.

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    Adams conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in this exploration of 20th-century American composers, with soprano Dawn Upshaw featured on orchestrations of five Charles Ives pieces. Entertainment Weekly calls this “an enchanting collection, continually beautiful, quietly profound.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Orchestra of St. Luke's
    John Adams, conductor
    Dawn Upshaw, soprano (2-6)
    Paul Crossley, piano (9)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded August 1989 at Manhattan Center Studios, New York City
    Engineered by Paul Zinman
    Mixed at DJCS, Oakland, CA, and SoundMirror, Jamaica Plain, MA

    Cover photograph: Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, by William Eggleston
    Design by John Heiden

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Adams conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in this exploration of 20th-century American composers, with soprano Dawn Upshaw featured on orchestrations of five Charles Ives pieces. Entertainment Weekly calls this “an enchanting collection, continually beautiful, quietly profound.”

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Adams conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in this exploration of 20th-century American composers, with soprano Dawn Upshaw featured on orchestrations of five Charles Ives pieces. Entertainment Weekly calls this “an enchanting collection, continually beautiful, quietly profound.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded August 1989 at Manhattan Center Studios, New York City
Engineered by Paul Zinman
Mixed at DJCS, Oakland, CA, and SoundMirror, Jamaica Plain, MA

Cover photograph: Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, by William Eggleston
Design by John Heiden

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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79249

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1disc
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Orchestra of St. Luke's
John Adams, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano (2-6)
Paul Crossley, piano (9)

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