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Adams: El Nino / Nagano, Upshaw, Hunt Lieberson, White

Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101669  
Composer:  John Adams
Performer:  Dawn UpshawWillard WhiteLorraine Hunt Lieberson
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This composition by American minimalist composer John Adams is his take on the Christmas Oratorio: a large-scale music theater work entitled El nino. How does one actually celebrate Christ's birth in a land where palm trees and race conflicts flourish - in sunny California? Perhaps the way composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars portray it at the beginning of El Nino (La Nativite), which was first performed nine days before Christmas 2000 at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet: with a tree and festoons of lights. Their interpretation is supported brilliantly by Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Willard White in the main roles.

John Adams

Soprano – Dawn Upshaw
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Baritone – Willard White

Paris Maitrise Children’s Choir
Theatre of Voices
(director: Paul Hillier)
London Voices
(chorus master: Terry Edwards)
Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Berlin
Kent Nagano, conductor

Peter Sellars, stage director
Leon Wieber, costume designer
James F. Ingalls, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Théâtre Musical de Paris – Châtelet, 2000

- The Making of El Niño – including interviews with Peter Sellars, Kent Nagano, Dawn Upshaw and John Adams

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.0 / DTS 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Running time: 119 mins (opera) + 28 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

El Niño by John Adams
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Willard White (Bass Baritone), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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