John Adams - A Flowering Tree [2CD]

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A Flowering Tree

Opera in Two Acts

Music by John Adams

Libretto by John Adams and Peter Sellars, adapted from the Indian folktale and poetry in translations by A. K. Ramanujan

Jessica Rivers (soprano), Russell Thomas (tenor), Eric Owens (bass-baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, conducted by John Adams

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John Adams wrote his 2006 opera for, he says, "a time of global awareness." The composer drew inspiration from Mozart's Magic Flute and ancient Indian folk-tales; the libretto, co-written by Adams and director Peter Sellars, is in English and Spanish. The New Yorker calls the work "opulent, dreamlike, fiercely lyrical"; the Los Angeles Times calls this "a terrific recording."