John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather
Earth and the Great Weather (A Sonic Geography of the Arctic) Amy Knoles, percussion; Robert Black, doublebass and percussion; Robin Lorentz, violin and percussion; Michael Finckel, cello and conductor; Ron Lawrence, viola; James Nageak, Doreen Simmonds, Inupiat Eskimo performers; Lincoln Tritt, Adeline Peter Raboff, Gwich’in Indian performers; Dave Hunsaker, Latin voice; John Luther Adams, conductor and percussion This vast landscape of sound, described by Adams as being “as close to religion as I get,” is a celebration of Alaska that will appeal to anyone who has ever been awed by nature. Earth and the Great Weather is a moving seventy-five-minute musical evocation of Alaskan peoples, wildlife, and weather. Subtitled “A Sonic Geography of the Arctic,” Adams’s writing is based on the aural mood unique to each place and each moment. Innovatively tuned strings, thunderous percussion interludes and voices are deftly woven with the sounds of loons, cranes, wind, waves, thunder and glacial cracking (all recorded by Adams himself) into a sonic tapestry of epic proportions. The voluminous forty-page booklet contains the composer’s text-in English, Alaskan Indian, Alaskan Eskimo, and Latin-in its entirety.

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams: Earth and the Great Weather

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Track Listing

The Place Where You Go to Listen
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Drums of Winter
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Pointed Mountains Scattered All Around
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The Circle of Suns and Moons
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The Circle of Winds
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Deep and Distant Thunder
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River With No Willows
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One That Stays All Winter
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Drums of Fire, Drums of Stone
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Where The Waves Splash, Hitting Again and Again
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