MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Become Ocean on CD


I had the fortune of spending an afternoon with the composer John Luther Adams in New York City last May, shortly after his Pulitzer Prize-winning orchestral work Become Ocean received its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall. (My article on this Seattle Symphony commission appears in the current issue of Listen magazine.)

And now the SSO’s recording with music director Ludovic Morlot has been released on Cantaloupe.

The spatial conception that informs JLA’s music really needs to be experienced in live performance, but you can get a decent impression of his aesthetic from the recording. This week NPR is making it available to listen to online for free.

Filed under: American music, John Luther Adams, Seattle Symphony

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