&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

Adams: Nixon in China

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Naxos 8.669022-24
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Marin Alsop leads a vigorous new recording of John Adams’s Nixon in China that affirms the opera’s status as a modern classic.

This new recording is a testament to Nixon’s enduring status in the canon. Conductor Marin Alsop’s approach — vigorous and transparent — is apparent right out of the gate, as the pulsing A-minor scales begin their cyclical variations…Alsop makes the Colorado Symphony Orchestra sound like a force to be reckoned

It is wonderful now to have this second recording (a decade after the pioneering set conducted by Edo de Waart), reminding us that Nixon has more breadth and durability than its initial newsworthiness might have indicated…Alsop conducts the Colorado Symphony and chorus of Opera Colorado in an incandescent performance.

Andrew Clark, Financial Times (UK)

22nd October 2009