John Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Nonesuch Audio CD)


Catalogue No: 0075597947328

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Department: CDs - Classical CDs

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Perfect Pairing

Voice: De Haas, Darius (David)
Piano: Kantonen, Seppo
Percussion: Karvonen, Jari-Pekka
Soprano: Mazzie, Marin (Tiffany)
Soprano: McDonald, Audra (Consuelo)
Voice: McElroy, Michael (Dewain)
Baritone: Muenz, Richard (Mike)
Saxophone: Murto, Janne
Keyboard: Mutru, Marja
Guitar: Nieminen, Jari
Double Bass: Rantanen, Hannu
Electric Double Bass: Rantanen, Hannu
Keyboard: Tabell, Markku
Voice: Teek, Angela (Leila)
Clarinet: Tenkanen, Kari
Bass Clarinet: Tenkanen, Kari
Voice: Yang, Welly (Rick)

conducted by John Adams

Composed in 1995, this is the third collaboration between John Adams, composer of Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, and director Peter Sellars.

A new collaborator is American poet June Jordan, whose lyrics tell a story of love and self-discovery in contemporary Los Angeles.


Contents and Reviews

I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky:

A Sermon on Romance
Consuelo's Dream
Mike's Song About Arresting a Particular Individual
Tiffany's Solo
Song About the On-Site Altercation
Song About the Bad Boys and the News
Your Honor My Client He's a Young Black Man
Leila's Song, Alone (Again or At Last)
Three Weeks and Still I'm Outta My Mind
Crushed by the Rock I Been Standing On
Dewain's Song of Liberation and Surprise
¡Este Pais! / This Country
One Last Look At the Angel in Your Eyes