17 January 2014
Deutsche Grammophon to release world premiere recording of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
On March 10, 2014, Deutsche Grammophon releases the world premiere recording of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which sees Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale, along with a cast featuring Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford and Russell Thomas. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “21st-century masterpiece,” The Gospel According to the Other Mary appears on the Yellow Label in March 2014. The live recording captures the American composer’s “remarkable score” (The Guardian), containing “some of the strongest, most impassioned music of Adams’ career … an immensely potent work” (The New Yorker).
As Gustavo remarks: “John Adams, like Stravinsky and Debussy a century ago, immerses himself in the creative process by engaging not just with musicians, but with painters, writers, directors and thinkers of different cultures and backgrounds. It was so rewarding collaborating with John, especially in the artistic rapport he shares with Peter Sellars, in realizing this huge, beautiful, socially relevant piece. It is both a contemporary reinterpretation of the story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and a reaction to the suffering of people around the world.”
Based on a libretto compiled by Adams’ frequent collaborator, 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.