I Am Love

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Luca Guadagnino's 2009 film I Am Love features the music of John Adams for its soundtrack. Without seeing the film it's hard to know how such high-profile music could keep from overpowering what's going on onscreen, but the music must be used with discretion and appropriateness because reviews of the film (which almost universally describe it as "operatic") have been largely very positive. In any case, the soundtrack makes a terrific introduction to a variety of Adams' works written between 1978 and 1996, arguably the composer's most productive and significant creative period. Several complete short works are included ("The Chairman Dances" and "Lollapalooza") as well as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Luca Guadagnino's 2009 film I Am Love features the music of John Adams for its soundtrack. Without seeing the film it's hard to know how such high-profile music could keep from overpowering what's going on onscreen, but the music must be used with discretion and appropriateness because reviews of the film (which almost universally describe it as "operatic") have been largely very positive. In any case, the soundtrack makes a terrific introduction to a variety of Adams' works written between 1978 and 1996, arguably the composer's most productive and significant creative period. Several complete short works are included ("The Chairman Dances" and "Lollapalooza") as well as complete movements from larger works ("Shaker Loops," "The Death of Klinghoffer," "Harmonielehre"), and excerpts from "Century Rolls" and "Fearful Symmetries." The pieces represent the Trickster and "serious" aspects of Adams' creative temperament, from the rambunctiously wacky "Lollapalooza" to the profound and meditative "The Anfortas Wound" and the serene, sublimely ecstatic "Meister Eckhardt" and "Quackie," both from "Harmonielehre." The performances and engineering are absolutely superb. These tracks all come from Nonesuch's archives, and most are the original (and often definitive) performances of these pieces. The soundtrack is a reminder of the brilliance of the music Adams produced from the late '70s to the 1990s, and besides introducing new listeners to the composer, could whet the appetite of his fans to pull out their complete versions of these works and get reacquainted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597978810
  • Catalog Number: 524842
  • Sales rank: 87,038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Adams Primary Artist, Conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Performing Ensemble
San Francisco Symphony Performing Ensemble
Orchestra of St. Luke's Performing Ensemble
Kent Nagano Conductor
Sanford Sylvan Baritone (Vocal)
Emanuel Ax Piano
Christoph von Dohnányi Conductor
Richard Cooke Choir Director
Hallé Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Lyon National Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
English National Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Edo de Waart Conductor
Technical Credits
John Adams Composer
John McClure Producer
Paul Zinman Engineer, Mastering
Everett Porter Engineer
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
Wilhelm Hellweg Producer
Jonathan Deans Stage Design
Kees de Visser Engineer
Graham Carmichael Stage Engineer
Henk Jansen Engineer
Philip Waldway Producer
Tom Knab Engineer
John Newton Engineer
Pierpaolo Ferrari Cover Photo
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