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    1. June 27, 2014

      John Adams: City Noir, Saxophone Concerto – review

      Has John Adams gone soft? No: judging by City Noir, a 35-minute symphonic soundscape, he has simply expanded the vocabulary...

    2. March 27, 2014

      Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      As people live longer, the octogenarian composer will cease to be a rarity. To mark Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday the...

    1. March 17, 2014

      San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      American orchestras are always welcome in London: they clarify what unites and divides us. We speak the same language –...

    2. March 14, 2014

      The power of Beethoven’s creative shadow

      John Adams, the American composer whose mash-up of material borrowed from Beethoven, Absolute Jest, is performed at the...

    3. February 10, 2014

      Berkeley Symphony, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California – review

      It may be premature to speak of a dynasty, but another, younger Adams has entered the serious composer lists in the past few...

    4. beyondbrics

      January 27, 2014

      Guest post: Hungary's economy has bucked the trend

      By Mihaly Varga, Hungary’s Minister for National Economy “Facts are stubborn things.” This quote, attributed to John Adams,...

    5. January 2, 2014

      Marijuana legalisation: blunt demand

      “I do say it would be a nice thing if we could raise enuff Hemp to pay our rates,” John Adams said in 1763 – before becoming...

    6. August 13, 2013

      Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

      Buy: Standard Chartered (STAN) A forward price/earnings ratio of 23 looks overly generous given modest growth forecasts for...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      July 15, 2013

      Tribute to Mandela

      Ben Curtis/AP South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway...

    8. March 17, 2013

      Review: LA Philharmonic/ Gustavo Dudamel, Barbican, London

      Accustomed to adulation wherever he goes, Gustavo Dudamel may have blinked when he walked on to the platform for the opening...

    9. February 27, 2013

      Repeating Patterns, Purcell Room, London

      It is fitting that a movement calling itself minimalism should have come out of small beginnings. Speaking in one of the...

    10. January 31, 2013

      London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

      In revealing the music they like, composers often tell us a lot about themselves. The American composer John Adams has just...

    11. January 24, 2013

      John Adams, St Luke’s, London

      While we are waiting for John Adams’s latest work, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which the Los Angeles...

    12. July 17, 2012

      John Adams Prom, Royal Albert Hall, London

      Two composers celebrate in sound the cities that fascinate them. Ottorino Respighi wrote Feste romane, his evocation of...

    13. July 6, 2012

      Dance GB, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

      In an exercise in cultural counter-devolution, the “national” dance companies of Scotland, Wales and England come together...

    14. February 27, 2012

      The Death of Klinghoffer, Coliseum, London

      In the event there was no demonstration. Wherever it has gone, John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer has aroused...

    15. October 4, 2011

      New York Philharmonic/Corigliano, Avery Fisher Hall, NY

      A year after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the New York Philharmonic asked John Corigliano – possibly the...

    16. July 2, 2011

      John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony, String Quartet

      John Adams Son of Chamber Symphony, String Quartet International Contemporary Ensemble, St Lawrence String Quartet...

    17. May 11, 2011

      Bank of England once knew how to keep a handle on gold

      From Mr John Adams. Sir, I refer to the letter from Caesar Bryan of GAMCO Gold Fund (“Gold is no one else’s liability”, May...

    18. February 26, 2011

      John Adams: Doctor Atomic

      John Adams Doctor Atomic Metropolitan Opera (Sony, 2 DVDs) John Adams’s opera about Robert Oppenheimer, the man who...

    19. February 25, 2011

      The Founding Gardeners

      The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden, by Andrea Wulf, William Heinemann,...

    20. January 25, 2011

      A fresh Pax will also bring conflicts

      From Mr John Adams. Sir, I was much impressed by David Pilling’s excellent article “How Beijing will treat the rest of the...

    21. December 14, 2010

      John Adams/San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

      Although the career of Bay Area resident composer John Adams and the history of the San Francisco Symphony have been...

    22. November 15, 2010

      Parzival – Episodes and Echo, Palais Garnier, Paris

      John Neumeier isn’t a man of small ambitions. A prolific choreographer, he has tackled serious, difficult subjects with the...

    23. November 12, 2010

      Kafka Fragments, Barbican, London

      By keeping in with maverick American director Peter Sellars the Barbican has secured itself a place at the international...

    24. June 25, 2010

      The secret behind Gerald Finley’s rise

      Gerald Finley in the gardens at Glyndebourne, where he is about to star as Don Giovanni It all started 25 years ago, when...

    25. May 26, 2010

      Austerity and rueful lyricism

      Another week, another cancellation. The San Francisco Symphony has suffered a startling number of repertory alterations this...

    26. May 25, 2010

      San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

      Translucence: Jonathan Vinocour Another week, another cancellation. The San Francisco Symphony has suffered a startling...

    27. April 16, 2010

      Top film directors tackle opera for ENO

      Two of Britain's leading filmmakers are to direct operas for the first time for English National Opera's new season, which...

    28. February 13, 2010

      How the Met and ENO work in tandem

      John Berry (left) and Peter Gelb in London’s Coliseum It all started with a note of congratulations. It came from the film...

    29. January 21, 2010

      NY Philharmonic/Gilbert, Hampson, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      Alan Gilbert conducts Thomas Hampson and the New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic tended to be old-school...

    30. November 10, 2009

      LSO/Tilson Thomas

      For some reason a debate has reared its head about how the credit crunch has stifled adventurous concert programming. With...

    31. November 9, 2009

      LSO/Tilson Thomas, Barbican, London

      For some reason a debate has reared its head about how the credit crunch has stifled adventurous concert programming. With...

    32. August 29, 2009

      Not so traditional

      From Mr John Adams. Sir, I was intrigued by your article “What the Chinese consumer wants” (August 22), not least because...

    33. February 27, 2009

      A few atoms short of critical mass

      When the financial markets are doing their best to stage Armageddon, why shouldn't the opera house have a go? John Adams's...

    34. January 21, 2009

      US in talks to develop London embassy

      The US government is in talks to sell its prominent Mayfair embassy in London to Chelsfield Partners, a property investment...

    35. January 19, 2009

      The Invention of Air

      The Invention of Air: A story of science, faith, revolution and the birth of America By Steven Johnson Riverhead Books...

    36. January 17, 2009

      The original American optimist

      Joseph Priestley was an awkward, provocative man who so angered a royalist mob in Birmingham in 1791 that it burned down...

    37. December 27, 2008

      TV choice Karl French

      In the course of his occasional celebrations of pop-cultural kitsch over the past few years, Justin Lee Collins has turned...

    38. November 12, 2008

      Fantasy of the Red Queen

      In spite of her formidable operatic presence in John Adams' Nixon in China and title billing in Bright Sheng's Madame Mao ,...

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