John Adams: Doctor Atomic G. Finley, J. Bullocj, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers & John Adams
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- John Adams (b. 1947): Doctor Atomic: Overture:
- 1Doctor Atomic: Overture05:10
- Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1:
- 2Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "The end of June 1945"04:18
- 3Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "First of all, let me say"02:15
- 4Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "We surround the plutonium core"01:42
- 5Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "We are bedeviled by faulty detonators"01:31
- 6Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "Many of us are inclined to say"02:26
- 7Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "The nation's fate..."02:16
- 8Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "This is a petition"02:42
- 9Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "What if it's a dud?"02:02
- 10Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "The test must go on as scheduled"03:20
- 11Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "No, before the bomb is used"04:07
- Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2:
- 12Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2: "Am I in your light?"04:31
- 13Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2: "Long let me inhale, deeply..."06:27
- 14Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2: "The motive of it all was loneliness"04:24
- Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3:
- 15Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: Electrical storm02:17
- 16Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "What the hell is wrong with the weather?"02:48
- 17Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "Five hundred U.S. Superfortresses are raining bombs"04:06
- 18Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "I'll sign the report, sir"01:18
- 19Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "With respect, sir, anyone with two good eyes"03:00
- 20Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "I have been preoccupied with many matters"02:32
- 21Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "Get them out of here. From now on, I'm making my own weather predictions"04:05
- 22Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "General, you are bearing up with remarkable fortitude"03:18
- 23Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "Batter my heart"07:34
- Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1:
- 24Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1: "Easter Eve, 1945"11:59
- 25Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1: Interlude - Rain over the Sangre de Cristo02:57
- 26Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1: "In the north the cloud-flower blossoms"01:54
- Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2:
- 27Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "It's midnight, Jack"05:11
- 28Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "I've dreamed the same dream"02:48
- 29Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "To the farthest west, the sea and the striped country"03:35
- 30Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "A delay in the Potsdam Ultimatum"01:00
- 31Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "Fermi is taking wagers"02:16
- 32Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "I've spent a great deal of time indulging in controlled fantasies"03:36
- Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3:
- 33Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "Edward, the test will be delayed an hour"03:01
- 34Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: Panic02:52
- 35Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "This program has been plagued from the start"01:30
- 36Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "To keep the weakness secret"02:11
- 37Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "I just finished reading The Magic Mountain"02:15
- 38Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "The winter dawned, but the dead did not come back"01:53
- 39Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "And love, which contains all human spirit"03:00
- 40Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: Chorus - "At the sight of this"04:41
- 41Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "The only saviors are the ham sandwiches"02:27
- Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4:
- 42Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "Lieutenant Bush, keep a weather eye on Oppenheimer"01:32
- 43Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "To what benevolent demon do I owe the joy of being thus surrounded"02:42
- 44Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "That's their signal!"02:17
- 45Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "The sky is clear to the east"02:59
- 46Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "In the midnight, in the flame-brilliant midnight"03:06
- 47Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "Zero minus two minutes"01:03
- 48Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: Countdown06:05
Info for John Adams: Doctor Atomic
The first recording of John Adams's 2005 opera, "Doctor Atomic" is now available. Longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars created the libretto for Doctor Atomic, drawing from original sources. The composer leads the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in this recording, which features a cast led by Gerald Finley, who originated the role of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
In addition to the San Francisco premiere, Finley has sung Oppenheimer in productions in New York, Amsterdam, Chicago, and London. He is joined on the album by Julia Bullock (Kitty Oppenheimer), Brindley Sherratt (Edward Teller), Samuel Sakker (Captain James Nolan), Andrew Staples (Robert Wilson), Jennifer Johnston (Pasqualita), and Aubrey Allicock (General Leslie Groves). This recording was made possible in part through generous support from New Music USA.
"His most visionary and ambitious stage work to date," said the Guardian. "Adams's conducting, second to none in his own music, had tremendous conviction and unique authority, with every facet of the score's terrible beauty laid bare … thrilling playing and choral singing … Gerald Finley conveyed Oppenheimer's moral agony with singing of great refinement and subtlety."
"A magnificent accomplishment that easily takes its place alongside the other Adams-Sellars triumphs," exclaimed the Los Angeles Times. "It contains music of unearthly splendor … gorgeous lushness and … rich expressivity."
Doctor Atomic concerns the final hours leading up to the first atomic bomb explosion at the Alamagordo test site in New Mexico in July 1945. The focal characters are the physicist and Manhattan Project director, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer; his wife Kitty; Edward Teller; and General Leslie Groves, US Army commander of the project.
Sellars's libretto draws on original source material, including personal memoirs, recorded interviews, technical manuals of nuclear physics, declassified government documents, and the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser, an American poet and contemporary of Oppenheimer.
John Adams's works, spanning more than four decades, have entered the repertoire and are among the most performed of all contemporary classical music, among them Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Chamber Symphony, Doctor Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and his Violin Concerto. His stage works, all in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, include Nixon in China (1987), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), El Niño (2000), Doctor Atomic (2005), A Flowering Tree (2006), and the Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2012). In November 2017, Adams's new opera Girls of the Golden West, set during the 1850s California Gold Rush, received its world premiere at San Francisco Opera. The opera's libretto, assembled by Sellars, includes original Gold Rush song lyrics, letters, journal entries, and personal memoirs from the era. Doctor Atomic is Nonesuch's thirty-first recording of the works of John Adams, beginning with Harmonielehre in 1986; the label has released forty-seven first recordings of Adams pieces.
"This recording combines studio sessions and a live BBC concert performance at the Barbican, making it grippingly vivid with the benefit of extended rehearsal and re-takes. Gerald Finley gives a towering performance as J. Robert Oppenheimer." (Financial Times)
"The cast is flawless...Adams has created a beautiful provocative work that refreshes the repertoire." (The Times) "Peter Sellars's film of the opera is expressionistic, claustrophobic, sometimes deliberately out of focus. The sound quality is exceptionally good, as is the singing and playing under conductor Lawrence Renes." (BBC Music Magazine)
"Gerald Finley carries the problems of the world on his shoulders as Oppenheimer and the Netherlands Philharmonic and Lawrence Renes play like it's the best score since Fidelio. " (Gramophone)
Gerald Finley, vocals (J. Robert Oppenheimer)
Julia Bullock, vocals (Kitty Oppenheimer)
Eric Owens, vocals (General Leslie Groves)
Brindley Sherratt, vocals (Edward Teller)
James Maddalena, vocals (Jack Hubbard)
Andrew Staples, vocals (Robert Wilson)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Lawrence Renes, conductor
John Adams, conductor
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