I Am Love

I Am Love

by John Adams



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597978810
catalogNumber: 524842

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
Hallé Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Lyon National Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
English National Opera Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Edo de Waart   Conductor
Richard Cooke   Choir Director

Technical Credits

John Adams   Composer
John McClure   Producer
Paul Zinman   Engineer
Everett Porter   Engineer
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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