(Picture from Einstein on the Beach, performed by the Brooklyn Academy of Music)
I would like to dedicate this staff pick to modern music, more specifically modern opera and two symphonies.
CD 9615 – Einstein on the Beach, Phillip Glass – This piece is currently being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music! It’s an opera about .
CD 4508 – Nixon in China, John Adams – Who would’ve thought you could write an opera about President Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to China? Apparently John Adams did and it’s quite an interesting work. The only university that has enough space to perform this opera is Indiana University! The set o the first act features The Spirit of ’76 which was President Nixon’s plane.
DVD 128 – The First Emperor, Tan Dun – This opera has a very interesting Eastern influence and is definitely worth watching! This pick is something you just have to experience!
CD 9834 – The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams
CD 9695 – Dr. Atomic Symphony, John Adams – Of course I chose the Dr. Atomic Symphony because I am in love with the opera version of Dr. Atomic. This is for all those folks who don’t like opera but enjoy orchestral music. Listen to this first! If you like it, then try listening to the opera itself!
CD 5002 – Transmigration, John Adams – Scored for orchestra, chorus, children’s choir and pre-recorded tape is a composition by composer John Adams commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Listen to these works and I think you’ll gain a real love for modern opera (and two symphonies)!