John Adams's A Flowering Tree Broadcast and Webcast Feb. 3 on RAI Radio 3

Classic Arts News   John Adams's A Flowering Tree Broadcast and Webcast Feb. 3 on RAI Radio 3
When A Flowering Tree had its world premiere last November at the New Crowned Hope festival in Vienna, word came back from American critics that the opera contains some of the most beautiful music John Adams has ever produced.

"The score is opulent, dreamlike, fiercely lyrical, at times shadowy and strange," wrote The New Yorker's Alex Ross, "unlike anything that the 59-year-old composer has written." (The German-language critics, on the other hand, didn't care for it, basically because it wasn't ugly enough.)

Anyone with a good Internet connection and a decent sound card gets a chance to hear for him/herself on Saturday (Feb. 3), as the Italian state broadcaster RAI airs a live recording of the Vienna premiere on its classical channel, Radio Tre. The program begins at 20h00 Central European Time / 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time / 1900 hours GMT.

To listen, go to and click on the "<" sign under the legend "ascolta RADIO 3 in diretta" (that's "listen to Radio 3 live") near the top center of the screen.

For those eager to hear A Flowering Tree in person, Adams himself will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in the American premiere performances March 1-3; this summer, he conducts three performances at the Barbican Centre in London August 10-12.

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