Adams: Gospel According to the Other Mary / Dudamel

Release Date: 3/11/2014
Catalog Number: B002003402
Composer: John Adams
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
World Premiere Recording Of John Adams’ “21st Century Masterpiece” – The Los Angeles Times

A timely, controversial work of grand proportions, The Gospel According To The Other Mary is a new, full-scale re-imagining of the Bach oratorio from composer John Adams andiconoclast writer/director Peter Sellars.

Adams and Sellars’ previous collaborations included Nixon In China, the most-performed American opera since Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Dr. Atomic, an opera about theinvention of the atomic bomb.

Focusing on the often marginalized perspectives of Mary Magdalene and Martha, TheGospel According To The Other Mary sets Biblical characters and events, including theresurrection of Lazarus and the passion of Christ, in a powerfully political, contemporary light.

As with the nativity oratorio El Nino (a response to Handel’s Messiah), and the opera Dr. Atomic, the libretto is been assembled by Peter Sellars, who has interwoven events fromthe New and Old Testaments with poetry reflecting themes of faith and liberation fromthe 12th Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to the 20th Century Mexican feminist poetRosario Castellanos.

This world premiere recording, featuring the original cast, was made in Walt Disney Concert Hall at performances staged by Peter Sellars.

A champion of contemporary music and social engagement through art, Gustavo Dudamel commissioned the work together with the LA Phil as part of a long-standing creativerelationship with John Adams.
Works on This Recording
1. The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams
Performer: Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano), Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano), Russell Thomas (Tenor), Brian Cummings (Countertenor), Nathan Medley (Countertenor), Daniel Bubeck (Countertenor)
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
1. The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams
Performer: Nathan Medley (Countertenor), Brian Cummings (Countertenor), Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano), Russell Thomas (Tenor), Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano), Daniel Bubeck (Countertenor)
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
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