The Death of Klinghoffer (John Adams)  Nagano;  James Maddalena, Sheila Nadler, Thomas Young)  (2-Elektra Nonesuch 79281)
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The Death of Klinghoffer (John Adams)  Nagano;  James Maddalena, Sheila Nadler, Thomas Young)  (2-Elektra Nonesuch 79281)
OP0547. THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER (John Adams), w.Nagano Cond. Opére de Lyon Ensemble; James Maddalena, Sheila Nadler, Thomas Young, Sanford Sylvan, Janice Felty, Thomas Hammons, , etc. 2-Elektra Nonesuch 79281, w.Elaborate Brochure-Libretto, Slipcase Set. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 075597928129



CRITIC REVIEWS:

“In THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER (1991), John Adams turns his cascading minimalism to the tragedy of the Achille Lauro. This spacious recording makes grand what seems so minor in the great scheme of things: a group of terrorists hijack an ocean liner and kill a wheelchair-bound Jewish retiree, Leon Klinghoffer. If the conceit of Adams' earlier opera, NIXON IN CHINA, seems a bit incredulous (Richard Nixon as opera subject?), THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER is genuine tragedy - Greek chorus and all. Alice Goodman is the librettist. This is one of the 20th century's best operas. A’must’.”

- Paul Cook





"KLINGHOFFER is as much an orchestral drama as a vocal one: the instruments are always brooding behind the voices, fostering doubt. An effect of pinging electronic timbres mixed with scrawny strings is especially prominent in the terrorists’ later arias, giving them a tacky sheen. Full, rich textures, such as Adams readily supplies in his orchestral scores, come along rarely: there is the sense of a progressive hollowing. At the very end, downward-slumping phrases in the violas and cellos evoke shudders of grief. ….that final page [has] a Mahlerian pang - the last throb of a devoted heart. Then the Opera simply stops. The most troubling thing about KLINGHOFFER may be that it offers no consolation, no way out.”

Alex Ross, THE NEW YORKER, 22 Oct., 2014