November 2, 2017
Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings Releases The John Adams Edition on November 10

Six-disc set comprises Berliner Philharmoniker performances of John Adams’s works conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Kirill Petrenko, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, and the composer himself

Bonus features include video documentary, interviews, and essay by Alex Ross

BERLIN (November 2, 2017) — The Berliner Philharmoniker release The John Adams Edition on the orchestra’s own Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label on Friday, November 10. The John Adams Edition features the composer’s works performed by the orchestra in the 2016-17 season, during which Mr. Adams served as the orchestra’s first Composer-in-Residence in almost 20 years. The set comprises four audio CDs and two Blu-ray Discs featuring full HD concert video.

The John Adams Edition includes performances of Harmonielehre and Scheherazade.2with violinist Leila Josefowicz, conducted by John Adams; Short Ride in a Fast Machineand Lollapalooza conducted by Alan Gilbert; City Noir conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; The Gospel According to the Other Mary conducted by Berliner Philharmoniker Chief Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and featuring Kelley O'Connor as Mary, Tamara Mumford as Martha, Peter Hoare as Lazarus, countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, and Nathan Medley, and the Rundfunkchor Berlin; and The Wound-Dresser with baritone Georg Nigl, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. 

This exclusive hardcover edition, designed by world-renowned artist Wolfgang Tillmans, also includes a video documentary, Short Rides with John Adams, about his residency with the orchestra, two bonus videos with John Adams in conversation with horn player Sarah Willis and director Peter Sellars, and an extensive booklet with an essay by Alex Ross (“Multifarious Music – The Composer John Adams”). The John Adams Edition is available at, in the Berlin Philharmonie shop, and from selected specialist retailers.

Sir Simon Rattle says:

“John’s music has an unbelievable energy and joy and hunger for life that transmits itself to people of all ages. He’s managed to keep a special depth of humanity, and I think that comes through in the music.”

John Adams says:

“A first encounter with the Berliner Philharmoniker is thrilling for any musician, whether you’re a composer or a conductor. And at the same time you have the jitters because you do not know what to expect. I found it wonderful! The first thing I felt was how concerned everybody was to get it right. My only regret is that I live so far away … because otherwise I’d be there all the time.”

The Berliner Philharmoniker first performed John Adams’s music in October 2001 and later commissioned the two-act opera A Flowering Tree, whose German premiere, directed by Peter Sellars, took place in the Philharmonie in December 2006. During his 2016-17 season as Composer-in-Residence, Mr. Adams was involved with the orchestra as both a composer and as a conductor of some of his most important works.

The John Adams Edition / Berliner Philharmoniker (via YouTube):

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Berliner Philharmoniker
John Adams
Gustavo Dudamel
Alan Gilbert
Kirill Petrenko
Sir Simon Rattle

CD 1

Harmonielehre (1984-85)
John Adams, conductor

Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986)
Alan Gilbert, conductor

City Noir (2009)
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

CD 2

Lollapalooza (1995)
Alan Gilbert, conductor

Scheherazade.2 (2014-15)
John Adams, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

The Wound-Dresser (1988-89)
Kirill Petrenko, conductor
Georg Nigl, baritone

CDs 3 & 4

The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2011-12)
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano (Mary Magdalene)
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano (Martha, her sister)
Peter Hoare, tenor (Lazarus, their brother)
      Daniel Bubeck
      Brian Cummings
      Nathan Medley

Blu-ray 1: High-definition concert video of HarmonielehreShort Ride in a Fast MachineCity NoirLollapaloozaScheherazade.2, and The Wound-Dresser; John Adams in conversation with Sarah Willis (19 min.)

Blu-ray 2: High-definition concert video of The Gospel According to the Other Mary; documentary Short Rides with John Adams (45 min.); John Adams in conversation with Peter Sellars (17 min.)

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Jaehnig at Shuman Associates
(212) 315-1300 |

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