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Hail Bop! A Portrait of John Adams
Hail Bop A Portrait of John Adams
Director: Tony Palmer
Genres: Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 38min

Hail Bop! A Portrait Of John Adams, Directed by Tony PalmerHe is the most performed composer of his generation. His operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer have been international hits, although not without a to...  more »


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Director: Tony Palmer
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/21/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish

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A Fantastic Introduction to the Music of John Adams
Shannon Jowett | New York, NY United States | 11/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From the origins of Adams' triumphant HARMONIELEHRE to the controversial production of DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, HAIL BOP! is an immaculately produced (except perhaps the cheesy opening graphics) DVD encompassing the biography and creative life of John Adams, arguably America's greatest living composer.

Adams' story is fleshed out with behind-the-scenes commentary by frequent collaborators such as Peter Sellars and Alice Goodman, breathtaking American vistas (a little KOYAANISQATSI, if you get my drift), supremely performed and well-filmed musical excerpts by the original artists who first breathed life into Adams' music (and even some new interpretations--Ernst Kovacic's rendition of the VIOLIN CONCERTO is jaw-dropping), and deep and eloquent insight from the composer himself.

A must-own for any fan of John Adams and every practical lover of 20th century music. Enjoy!"