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John Adams: Doctor Atomic

Finley, Bullock..., BBC Symphony & Singers, John Adams

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Audiences have their own favorites among the operas of John Adams, but Doctor Atomic (2005) has the advantage of being inarguably suited in its subject matter to the dimensions of grand opera: it takes for its topic the detonation of the first atomic bomb, with its first act occurring a month before the event and the second just before the successful test in New Mexico. The libretto by Peter Sellars, largely based on declassified documents, has been criticized as too choppy, but to these ears its shifts are what makes the work: it called forth an extraordinarily varied score from Adams. The music includes settings of poetry by Baudelaire, Donne, and Muriel Rukeyser, as well as the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and a traditional Tewa Native American song. Adams responded with a score that encompasses all these and never interrupts the sense of gathering doom the listener feels. Female characters -- scientist Robert Oppenheimer's wife, Kitty, and Pasqualita, a Tewa maid -- are introduced, and they only increase the variety. The work has been recorded, but this version conducted by Adams may be regarded as definitive. It is drawn mostly on a live concert performance in London that clearly made a strong connection with the audience. Gerald Finley is a gripping Oppenheimer, and all the singers put the text across immediately. You might think that British singers would be an impediment in text that often talks about American national aspirations, but it's not so: what has been called the transatlantic theatrical accent is close to the one singers of both nationalities tend to use, and after a brief suspension of disbelief you won't even think about it. Adams gets from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers an intense, overwrought, kaleidoscopic performance that is just what the music ordered, and Nonesuch patches together the several performances here expertly. Bravo.
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1
Doctor Atomic: Overture
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:05:10

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

2
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "The end of June 1945"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:18

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

3
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "First of all, let me say"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:15

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

4
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1:  "We surround the plutonium core"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:42

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

5
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1:  "We are bedeviled by faulty detonators"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:31

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

6
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "Many of us are inclined to say"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:26

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

7
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1:  "The nation's fate..."
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:16

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

8
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "This is a petition"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:42

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

9
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "What if it's a dud?"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:02

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

10
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "The test must go on as scheduled"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:20

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

11
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 1: "No, before the bomb is used"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:07

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

12
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2: "Am I in your light?"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:31

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

13
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2: "Long let me inhale, deeply..."
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:06:27

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

14
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 2: "The motive of it all was loneliness"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:24

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

15
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: Electrical storm
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:17

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

16
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "What the hell is wrong with the weather?"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:34

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Marcus Farnsworth, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

17
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "Five hundred U.S. Superfortresses are raining bombs"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:06

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Marcus Farnsworth, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

18
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "I'll sign the report, sir"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:18

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Marcus Farnsworth, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

19
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "With respect, sir, anyone with two good eyes"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:00

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals - Samuel Sakker, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

20
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "I have been preoccupied with many matters"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:32

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals - Samuel Sakker, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

21
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3:  "Get them out of here. From now on, I'm making my own weather predictions"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:05

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

22
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "General, you are bearing up with remarkable fortitude"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:18

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

23
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: "Batter my heart"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:07:34

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

24
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1: "Easter Eve, 1945"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:11:59

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

25
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1: Interlude - Rain over the Sangre de Cristo
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:57

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

26
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 1: "In the north the cloud-flower blossoms"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:54

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

27
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2:  "It's midnight, Jack"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:05:11

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Marcus Farnsworth, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

28
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "I've dreamed the same dream"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:48

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

29
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "To the farthest west, the sea and the striped country"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:35

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

30
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "A delay in the Potsdam Ultimatum"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:00

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

31
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "Fermi is taking wagers"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:16

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

32
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "I've spent a great deal of time indulging in controlled fantasies"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:36

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

33
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 2: "Edward, the test will be delayed an hour"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:01

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Marcus Farnsworth, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

34
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: Panic
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:52

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

35
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "This program has been plagued from the start"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:30

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

36
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "To keep the weakness secret"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:11

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "I just finished reading The Magic Mountain"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:15

Andrew Staples, Vocals - John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "The winter dawned, but the dead did not come back"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:53

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "And love, which contains all human spirit"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:00

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: "The only saviors are the ham sandwiches"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:27

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 3: Chorus - "At the sight of this"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:04:41

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "Lieutenant Bush, keep a weather eye on Oppenheimer"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:32

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Brindley Sherratt, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Aubrey Allicock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "To what benevolent demon do I owe the joy of being thus surrounded"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:42

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

44
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "That's their signal!"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:17

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

45
Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "The sky is clear to the east"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:02:59

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Marcus Farnsworth, Vocals - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Jennifer Johnston, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "In the midnight, in the flame-brilliant midnight"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:03:06

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor - Julia Bullock, Vocals

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: "Zero minus two minutes"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:01:03

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Gerald Finley, Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

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Doctor Atomic, Act II, Scene 4: Countdown
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:06:05

John Adams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - René Möller, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Masterer - BBC Singers, Chorus, MainArtist - Wolfgang Schiefermair, Editor

2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2. 2018 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. Produced in association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 2.

Album Description

Audiences have their own favorites among the operas of John Adams, but Doctor Atomic (2005) has the advantage of being inarguably suited in its subject matter to the dimensions of grand opera: it takes for its topic the detonation of the first atomic bomb, with its first act occurring a month before the event and the second just before the successful test in New Mexico. The libretto by Peter Sellars, largely based on declassified documents, has been criticized as too choppy, but to these ears its shifts are what makes the work: it called forth an extraordinarily varied score from Adams. The music includes settings of poetry by Baudelaire, Donne, and Muriel Rukeyser, as well as the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and a traditional Tewa Native American song. Adams responded with a score that encompasses all these and never interrupts the sense of gathering doom the listener feels. Female characters -- scientist Robert Oppenheimer's wife, Kitty, and Pasqualita, a Tewa maid -- are introduced, and they only increase the variety. The work has been recorded, but this version conducted by Adams may be regarded as definitive. It is drawn mostly on a live concert performance in London that clearly made a strong connection with the audience. Gerald Finley is a gripping Oppenheimer, and all the singers put the text across immediately. You might think that British singers would be an impediment in text that often talks about American national aspirations, but it's not so: what has been called the transatlantic theatrical accent is close to the one singers of both nationalities tend to use, and after a brief suspension of disbelief you won't even think about it. Adams gets from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers an intense, overwrought, kaleidoscopic performance that is just what the music ordered, and Nonesuch patches together the several performances here expertly. Bravo.
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