- Audio CD (10 Mar. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Decca (UMO)
- ASIN: B00HGFILU8
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Adams: The Gospel According To The Other Mary
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First Dorothy Day opens the libretto and intervenes all along. "Intrigued by the Catholic faith for years, Dorothy Day converted in 1927. In 1933, she co-founded The Catholic Worker, a newspaper promoting Catholic teachings that became very successful and spawned the Catholic Worker Movement, which tackled issues of social justice guided by its religious principles. Day also helped establish special homes to help those in need. . . In addition to her writing for The Catholic Worker, Day also penned several autobiographical works. She explained her religious conversion in 1938's From Union Square to Rome, writing the book as a letter to her brother, an ardent communist. In 1952, Day released her second autobiography, The Long Loneliness." (Dorothy Day © 2014. The Biography.com website. Available from: [...], Accessed 05 Aug 2014).
Three interventions of Rosario Castellanos. She was born on May 25, 1925 in Mexico City, Mexico and died on August 7, 1974, in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was a novelist, a short-story writer, a poet, an essayist and a diplomat, probably the most important Mexican woman writer of the 20th century. Her 1950 master's thesis, Sobre cultura femenina ("On Feminine Culture"), became an inspiration for modern Mexican women writers, a strong summon for self-awareness.
Two excerpts from June Jordan. She was born in 1936 and she died in 2002. She was "one of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed African American writers of her generation, poet, playwright and essayist. June Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda.Read more ›
I have read the other rewiews and find that reception has been very variable. I`m not surprised. Some tell that this is on the level of Bach`s passions. This is certainly not true.
After hearing this work many times I`m still disappointed.What was wonderful in El Nino was the spontaneity and force of the musical invention. Every times after hearing it I was deeply moved. Could it be that John Adams and Peter Sellars have TRIED too hard to create a new work of the same musical level? And they have tried too hard.
Especially the second part which really tells about Jesus sufferings and resurrection I find dull. The music is all times slow and peaceful but without the necessary variety and depth. I hardly noticed when the piece finished. Also I find the work really too long.
So I cannot give more than three stars. The performance itself is very good. But the inspiration has left Mr.Adams at this occasion.
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Adams' music is superb, this is a n amazing work. Takes effort to completely understand the stories, and is worth the effort.Published 22 months ago by J. Darby
A very interesting interpretation of the significance of Mary Magdalene in relation to JesusPublished on 30 Aug. 2014 by john rhodes
I am quite happy with John Adams orchestral works but I find this vocal work almost entirely without interest. Read morePublished on 16 May 2014 by J. R. Mutimer