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ADAMS, J.: Nixon in China (Orth, Kanyova, Hammons, Heller, Opera Colorado Chorus, Colorado Symphony, Alsop)

    
      

 










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ADAMS, J.: Nixon in China (Orth, Kanyova, Hammons, Heller, Opera Colorado Chorus, Colorado Symphony, Alsop)

A longtime collaborator of John Adams and champion of his music, Marin Alsop directs this live recording of Opera Colorado’s 25th Anniversary Celebration production of Nixon in China, presented at Denver’s new Ellie Caulkins Opera House during the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, and featuring an internationally recognized cast. Alice Goodman’s epic libretto and John Adams’s distinctive music weave together a colorful fabric of actual events from President Nixon’s historic visit to the People’s Republic of China with intimate examinations of the opera’s real life characters. The spectacle, drama, humor and pathos of this masterpiece remain as compelling today as when the opera was premièred in 1987.



Disc 1

Adams, John
Goodman, Alice, lyricist(s)

  Nixon in China
1.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Beginning 00:02:46
2.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Soldiers of heaven hold the sky (Chorus) 00:02:45
3.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: The people are the heroes now (Chorus) 00:02:51
4.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Landing of the Spirit of '76 00:02:34
5.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Your flight was smooth, I hope (Chou, Nixon) 00:01:25
6.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: News has a kind of mystery (Nixon, Chou, Kissinger, Chorus) 00:07:29
7.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Beginning - I can't talk very well. My throat… (Mao, Nixon, Chou, Kissinger, 3 Secretaries) 00:04:19
8.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: You know we'll meet with your confrere, the Democratic candidate (Mao, Nixon, Kissinger) 00:02:40
9.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: You've said that there's a certain well - known tree (Chou, Nixon, Mao, Kissinger, 3 Secretaries) 00:02:48
10.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Founders come first, then profiteers (Mao, 3 Secretaries, Nixon, Chou, Kissinger) 00:07:25
11.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: We no longer need Confucius (Mao, 3 Secretaries) 00:03:10
12.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Like the Ming Tombs (Nixon, 3 Secretaries, Mao, Chou) 00:05:34
13.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Beginning - The night is young (Nixon, Pat, Chou, Kissinger, Chorus) 00:06:32
14.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends (Chou, Chorus, Pat, Kissinger) 00:07:00
15.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Mr. Premier, distinguished guests (Nixon, Chorus) 00:02:48
16.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Cheers! (Chorus, Nixon, Chou, Pat, Kissinger) 00:04:16


Disc 2

Adams, John
Goodman, Alice, lyricist(s)

  Nixon in China
1.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Beginning - I don't daydream and don't look back (Pat) 00:03:49
2.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Look down at the earth (Chorus, Pat, 3 Secretaries) 00:05:51
3.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: This is prophetic! (Pat) 00:07:58
4.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: At last the weather's warming up (Pat, Chorus) 00:03:19
5.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Beginning - Young as we are (3 Secretaries) 00:03:02
6.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: O what a day I thought I'd die! (Kissinger as Lao Szu, Chorus as Ching - hua, 3 Secretaries, Pat) 00:04:41
7.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Whip her to death! (Kissinger as Lao Szu, Pat, Nixon) 00:02:58
8.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Tropical Storm: There there, there there (Pat) 00:04:57
9.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Flesh Rebels (Chorus as Militia) 00:03:09
10.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: I have my brief (Kissinger as Lao Szu, Nixon) 00:01:11
11.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: It seems so strange (Chorus as Ching - hua, Chiang Ch'ing, Pat, Nixon, 3 Secretaries) 00:03:02
12.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: I am the wife of Mao Tse - tung (Chiang Ch'ing, Chorus) 00:07:05


Disc 3

Adams, John
Goodman, Alice, lyricist(s)

  Nixon in China
1.   Play with flash player Act III: Beginning 00:01:10
2.   Play with flash player Act III: Some men you cannot satisfy (Kissinger, Nixon, Pat, Chou, Chiang Ch'ing) 00:03:09
3.   Play with flash player Act III: I am no one (Mao, Chou, Kissinger, Chiang Ch'ing, Pat) 00:03:47
4.   Play with flash player Act III: The Maos Dance (Chiang Ch'ing, Mao, Pat, Nixon, Chou) 00:02:05
5.   Play with flash player Act III: Sitting around the radio (Nixon, Pat) 00:01:17
6.   Play with flash player Act III: Let us examine what you did (Mao, Chiang Ch'ing, Chou) 00:02:55
7.   Play with flash player Act III: When I woke up I dimly realized the Jap Bombers had given us a miss (Nixon, Pat) 00:01:22
8.   Play with flash player Act III: I have no offspring (Chou, Mao, Chiang Ch'ing) 00:02:05
9.   Play with flash player Act III: I can keep still (Chiang Ch'ing) 00:03:14
10.   Play with flash player Act III: After that the sweat had soaked my uniform (Nixon, Pat, Chiang Ch'ing, Mao, Chou) 00:02:55
11.   Play with flash player Act III: Peking watches the stars (Chiang Ch'ing, Mao) 00:03:30
12.   Play with flash player Act III: You won at poker (Pat, Nixon, Chiang Ch'ing, Mao) 00:04:02
13.   Play with flash player Act III: I am old and I cannot sleep (Chou) 00:04:57

Total Playing Time: 02:33:52






Composer(s):
Adams, John

Lyricist(s):
Goodman, Alice

Conductor(s):
Alsop, Marin

Orchestra(s):
Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
Opera Colorado Chorus

Artist(s):
Dahl, Tracy; DeDominici, Jennifer; Hammons, Thomas; Heller, Marc; Kanyova, Maria; Malde, Melissa; Orth, Robert; Simson, Julie; Yuan, Chen-Ye

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.669022-24

Barcode: 730099902274

Release Date: 10/2009

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