World-Premiere Recording of the “21st-century masterpiece” to be Released March 11, 2014 on Deutsche Grammophon
Los Angeles, CA – One of the most powerful concert experiences of recent seasons is about to become one of the most significant releases of the new year: Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, along with an outstanding cast featuring Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford and Russell Thomas, in Deutsche Grammophon’s world-premiere recording of composer John Adams’ internationally acclaimed The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Adams’ “21st-century masterpiece” (Los Angeles Times) will be released on the Yellow Label on March 11, 2014.
The 2013/14 season marks Gustavo Dudamel’s fifth as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the tenth anniversary of the orchestra’s home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was there in March 2013 that Deutsche Grammophon recorded this “remarkable score” (The Guardian), containing “some of the strongest, most impassioned music of Adams’ career … an immensely potent work” (The New Yorker).
Based on a libretto compiled by Adams’ frequent collaborator, iconoclast stage director Peter Sellars, The Gospel According to the Other Mary is conceived as an epic, timely reimagining of the great oratorios of Bach. In recounting Christ’s Last Supper and crucifixion, Sellars has selected texts by Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Primo Levi, Rosario Castellanos, June Jordan, Hildegard von Bingen and Rubén Darío in addition to Old and New Testament sources focusing on oft-neglected voices in the Passion, including those of Martha (sister of Lazarus) and Mary Magdalene. The resulting tableaux, highlighting the sorrow and courage of these women, set Biblical characters and events in a deeply moving, contemporary light.
John Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Los Angeles Philharmonic