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Nagano, Kent 1951-

Works: 1,002 works in 2,253 publications in 10 languages and 20,055 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Music  Juvenile works  Musical settings  Biography  Fiction  History  Film adaptations  Live sound recordings  Interviews 
Roles: Conductor, Performer, Author, Director, con, Creator, Interviewee, Contributor, Composer, Dancer, Commentator
Classifications: M1625.P76, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Kent Nagano
Dialogues des Carmélites by Francis Poulenc( Recording )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragic fate of the nuns of the Carmelite convent at Copiègne during the French Revolution inspired one of Francis Poulenc's most personal works, and one of the most profoundly moving operas in the repertoire. At its center is Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force, a shy young aristocratic woman who joins the order on the eve of the Revolution, flees when the sisters, forced to leave their convent, take a vow of martyrdom, and is finally reunited with them as they face death by the guillotine. Felicity Palmer is Madame de Croissy, Patricia Racette is Madame Lidoine, and Elizabeth Bishop is Mother Marie. Paul Appleby and David Pittsinger co-star as Blanche's brother and father
Susannah by Carlisle Floyd( Recording )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's powerful opera, the story of a beautiful Tennessee girl who innocently incites the lust of her church Elders, leading to her denouncement as a sinner. Samuel Ramey is the Reverend Olin Blitch, whose concern for Susannah turns into desire, and Jerry Hadley sings Susannah's brother, Sam, who tries to take his revenge on the preacher. James Conlon conducts this broadcast performance from the opera's Met premiere run
L'amour des trois oranges by Sergey Prokofiev( Recording )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen: Oper in vier Akten und einem Prolog, op.33. Libretto: Véra Janacopoulos
Century rolls Lollapalooza ; Slonimsky's earbox by John Adams( Recording )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the so-called minimalists working today, John Adams is the only one with any good ideas left. Witness this delightful release. The key to Adams's creativity is that he isn't bound by theoretical constraints on what "minimalism" should be. Century Rolls (1995) is a commission by Emanuel Ax, and it was inspired by the composer's listening to a CD recording of an ancient player piano. Century Rolls doesn't duplicate that sound, but it is, instead, an unexpected romp across new rhythmic territory. As for Mr. Ax, he comports himself very well, particularly in the difficult first Movement, which requires deft coordination of all forces involved. The brief Lollapalooza (1995) is more recognizably minimalist but with considerable orchestral color and shifting moods. And Slominsky's Earbox (1996) is a powerfully full-orchestra-driven canter. All this is to say that the CD is one of the best releases of Adams's career, and it will appeal to a very wide audience. --Paul Cook
The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams( Recording )

21 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Composer John Adams comments on his opera "The death of Klinghoffer in three, ten-minute segments produced especially for broadcast. Illustrated with music from the Elektra Nonesuch recording, these discussions reveal Adams' insights into the opera, its story and its impact
Violin concerto Shaker loops by John Adams( Recording )

9 editions published in 1996 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Niño by John Adams( Recording )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter and the wolf by Sergey Prokofiev( Recording )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter and the Wolf is a story abouut a young boy who conquers a wolf. The boy Peter is represented by a sprightly string quartet, and the Bird sings its trills and runs on the flute. Grandfather's grumbling presence is immediately recognizable on the bassoon and the Cat stalks and preens as a clarinet. Finally there is the Wolf himself, whose sinister musical shape is three French horns. Wolf Tracks is a tale that converts the image of the wolf from a fearsome creature to one that represents the imerative to cherish and protect national resources
Saint François d'Assise by Olivier Messiaen( Recording )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saint François d'Assise: Opéra en trois actes
Doktor Faust by Ferruccio Busoni( Recording )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Apollo Double concerto ; Two portraits ; Sinfonietta by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2011 and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Dorado by John Adams( Recording )

7 editions published in 1996 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs of the Auvergne Chants d'Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube( Recording )

3 editions published in 1994 in Occitan and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Harding leads an all-star cast in a stunning recording of Britten's operatic masterpiece
A White House cantata by Leonard Bernstein( Recording )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Niño by John Adams( Visual )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph through a sequence of separate numbers, shifting between narration and reflection, but always through the image of modern-day Marys
L'amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho( Recording )

14 editions published in 2009 in 3 languages and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Peter and the wolf, op. 67 by Sergey Prokofiev( Recording )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Children's story in musical form about a boy who captures a wolf, saving his animal friends. The music and narration were written in 1936 and performed at the Children's Theater in Moscow. Each character is represented by a theme played by a particular instrument, serving to introduce orchestral instruments to children
Sole e amore Puccini arias by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in Italian and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Nagano, Kent

Nagano, Kent G. 1951-

Nagano, Kent George 1951-