Donald Macleod talks to John Adams about his work during the 1980s.
It was a time of gathering momentum for the composer, despite being a dissenting voice against the prevailing political wind.
His music evolved beyond the orthodoxies of minimalism that had influenced his earlier works, and he consolidated his position as one of America's most enterprising young composers.
The Chairman Dances
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart (conductor)
Nixon in China (Act 2, scene 1)
Pat Nixon....Carolann Pade (soprano)
Orchestra of St Luke's
Sanford Sylvan (baritone)
John Adams (conductor)
Grand Pianola Music (3rd mvt: On the Dominant Divide)
It was a time of gathering momentum for Adams, despite being a dissenting voice against the prevailing political wind.
Nixon in China (excerpt from Act II Scene 1)
Carolann Pade (soprano, Pat Nixon)
Grand Pianola Music Part 3 (On the Dominant Divide)