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John Adams

Born: Feb 15, 1947 in Worcester, MA
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Genre: Classical
Biography: New England-born, California-based composer John Adams is a pivotal figure in 20th century classical music, as he can be viewed as either the last of the minimalists or the first of the post-minimalists. Though his music shares several traits with that of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, or Terry Riley, Adams' ...Read full biography
I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky [Naxos]
Released: 2005
Label: Naxos
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Stage director/supersalesman Peter Sellars has often led John Adams down the path of what some wags have called "CNN headline opera" -- theater pieces stolen from yesterday's papers. This genre has given ...Read full review
Shaker Loops/Phrygian Gates
Released: 1990
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"Shaker Loops," written in 1978, is probably John Adams' best-known early work, and this 1980 recording by the Ridge Quartet, augmented by three additional strings, is the definitive version. Although ...Read full review