Red Arc / Blue Veil

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Buy  Recommended by Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker  “There’s a sense of vast, open space in John Luther Adams’s music that’s without parallel among American composers … Adams, living in Alaska, breathes different air from the rest of his colleagues. The four postminimalist works here each play out over 10 to 15 minutes, but sound as if

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For Lou Harrison

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Buy “…radiantly beautiful music… Adams’ work here operates at one of the highest levels of concentration and sheer beauty to be found in new music, and anyone who cares about whether contemporary classical music has a future should listen to for Lou Harrison. ” – Dave Lewis, All Music Guide “… a captivating musical experience … Adams’ command of harmony and his

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Strange and Sacred Noise

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Buy ” Out of the many eligible composers of his generation, John Luther Adams is the greatest proponent of the American experimental tradition, a lineage that includes Ives, Cowell, Varese, Partch, Nancarrow, Cage and Tenney. ” – Christian Herzog, Sequenza 21 “…The music seemed to enact vast and complex natural processes, as if I were

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The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies

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“… a distinctive creative voice…he has built a body of work that bespeaks vast space, purity, and abstraction of experience, rigorous process, and an unobtrusive mysticism. All these are on display in the current work…austere, intense, natural in both the sense of the sounds’ relentless flow and their impersonality..quite magical. ” – Robert Carl, Fanfare

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The Light That Fills the World

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Buy Top 10 Recordings of 2002 – New Sounds, WNYC 100 Musical Biases 2002 – L.A. Weekly “The world of John Luther Adams is more than a translation of some majestic landscape – it is the search for colors, for nuances…” – Stefan Tiron, Alternativ “… long, sustained harmonies with puffs of arctic winds blowing the sound one way

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In the White Silence

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Buy “… a gorgeous 75 minutes of meditative stillness… Anyone coming to Adams’ music for the first time should start with this disc, for it really does make the best possible case for his personal artistic vision.” – David Hurwitz, Classics Today “…just as there are infinite shades of white… there are infinite shades in Adams’s score. Even though it maintains

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Dark Wind

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Buy “… rumbling, rolling blocks of sound-textures that shimmer like a Terry Riley drone while moving with a Feldman-esque slow majesty.” – Dusted Magazine “… developing a slowly unfolding melodic line with tremendous resourcefulness.” – The Wire “… warm dronic music that shimmers in sensuality.” – 21st Century Music

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Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

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Buy “…Adams’s heavenly new magnum opus…a curious orchestral masterpiece…Bells ring in clusters, featureless piano arpeggios ascend like sheer walls, and at one central point the orchestra is suddenly gripped in fortissimo ecstasy. How can a work be so gorgeous and inviting, yet so difficult to grasp?” – Kyle Gann, The Village Voice “…a contemplative evocation…etched in white on white… like some

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The Far Country

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Buy “…epic landscapes in sound…pieces for darkness with mountains in it…” – Creative Loafing: #1 Contemporary Classical Recording of 1993 “…some of the most individual and beautiful music on today’s scene…” – In Tune “…a music that is both intently personal and utterly compelling…the suave sensuality of Takemitsu with the sparse astringency of Feldman…Adams has given Alaska itself a distinctive and

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