John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather

John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather

by John Luther Adams


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John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather

Earth and the Great Weather is a radical departure from the choral work with which John Luther Adams first made his name. Here, over orchestration of strings and percussion, five narrators recite the text, an impressionistic portrait of the Arctic landscape. The narrative voices, frequently overlapping, present the text in English, Latin, and two Native American languages. Adams sets his narration over graceful string passages, which he punctuates with harsh, bracing percussion trios. It's beautiful work, but Adams here still doesn't seem to be entirely his own man. Earth and the Great Weather recalls the operas of Robert Ashley far too closely, much as his previous major work, "The Far Country of Sleep," bears much too close a resemblance to the choral works of Morton Feldman. The problem of all-too-obvious influences aside, however, Earth and the Great Weather is well worth a serious listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/03/1995
Label: New World Records
UPC: 0093228045922
catalogNumber: 80459

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Luther Adams   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conductor,Track Performer
Robert Black   Percussion,Double Bass
Amy Knoles   Percussion
Robert Lawrence   Viola
Robin Lorenz   Percussion,Violin
Rob Lorentz   Percussion,Violin
Dave Hunsaker   Vocals,Voices
James Nageak   Track Performer
Adeline Peter Raboff   Track Performer
Lincoln Tritt   Track Performer
Robert Wilson Black   Percussion,Double Bass
Robin Lorentz   Percussion,Violin
Doreen Simmonds   Track Performer
Ron Lawrence   Viola
Michael Finckel   Cello,Conductor

Technical Credits

Jeff Rona   Sound Design
John Luther Adams   Producer,Liner Notes,Text
Jay Cloidt   Engineer,Sound Design,Engineering
Michio Hoshino   Cover Photo
James Nageak   translation,Text Translation
Adeline Peter Raboff   translation,Text Translation
Lincoln Tritt   translation,Text Translation
Howard Klein   Liner Notes
Edmund Carpenter   Author
Doreen Simmonds   Text Translation

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