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ADAMO, M.: Late Victorians / Alcott Music / Regina Coeli (Pulley, Sullivan, Levalier, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alimena)

Composer(s):Adamo, Mark
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559258
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Acclaimed as ‘one of the best opera composers of the moment’, American composer-librettist Mark Adamo has also ventured into symphonic composition and other fields in each of which his theatrical sensitivity, political commitment and musical mastery are equally evident. The vivacity of his Overture to Lysistrata accentuates the play’s anti-war theme, while Alcott Music rethinks the music from his hit opera Little Women. Regina Coeli pays tribute to the Queen of Heaven and Late Victorians is dedicated both to the memory of those who have died and to those who have survived AIDS.


Review By Joseph Dalton,My Big Gay Ears,January 2010

Mark Adamo’s “Late Victorians” comes from the large body of musical works that somehow or other address AIDS. Composers—primarily if not exclusively gay composers—have been grappling with the subject for 25 years now. According to my research for the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, the first work in the genre was “Inquiries of Hope: Ten Poems of Kirby Congdon” (1984) by the late Louis Weingarden. The list continues to grow, as Ricky Ian Gordon has just released a CD of “Green Sneakers” (2007) a response to his partner’s death. The most famous of them all, at least in the classical realm, is probably John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 “Of Rage and Remembrance.”

Review By Jennifer Hambrick,Classical 101 FM,December 2009

Anger, fear, sorrow well up in the individual and collective heart, but so does their bold yet quiet sister, hope. And art awakens to carry these emotions, like messages in bottles, out into the sea of human consciousness. Classical music has made any number of tributes to those who have suffered from this insufferable disease. New York flutist Don Hulbert has started a list of classical compositions that reflect the HIV/AIDS experience and humanity’s attempts to come to terms with it. The music on this list embraces all genres, from symphonies for large orchestras to the most intimate art songs. Some of the composers on the list have succumbed to AIDS, but others, HIV-positive or not, live on.


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