This week: Gramophone celebrates John Adams at 70

Gramophone Mon 13th February 2017

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the 70th birthday of the great American composer John Adams

Few composers of our time (or indeed of any time) have achieved the popularity, critical acclaim and notoriety of John Adams. This week, on February 15, Adams celebrates his 70th birthday, and to mark the occasion we've gathered together some classic interviews with the composer from Gramophone's archive, plus guides to Adams's key works and recordings, as well as a very special Apple Music playlist featuring all of his major works in chronological order, from China Gates to Scheherazade.2. John Adams Week starts here!

Contemporary composer: John Adams

James McCarthy celebrates that rare beast – a composer who writes music that is enjoyed by the critics and the public alike...

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John Adams interview: 'I don’t think you can be a great composer unless you have a feeling for harmony'

Philip Clark meets the great American composer...

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John Adams – An American Idol

John Adams continues to create a sense of what it means to be alive today in America, writes Philip Kennicott...

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The Passion and Play of John Adams

The legendary American composer is taking more risks than ever, says Thomas May...

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James Jolly's citation for John Adams's Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music

James Jolly, Gramophone's Editor in Chief, delivered the citation for John Adams's degree...

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Apple Music playlist – John Adams: a life in music

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