Adams: Become Ocean / Morlot, Seattle Symphony

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Awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music, John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean was commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Ludovic Morlot in June 2013. In May 2014 the orchestra and Morlot took Become Ocean to Carnegie Hall for the annual Spring for Music festival.

Become Ocean is a 45-minute-long work for full orchestra. Adams borrowed the title from a verse by composer John Cage, written in honor of fellow composer Lou Harrison’s birthday. Describing Harrison’s music, Cage wrote, “Listening to it / we become / ocean.” A visionary whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world, Adams inscribed the following statement on the score of Become Ocean, “Life on this earth first emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourselves facing the prospect that once again we may quite literally become ocean.”

R E V I E W:

With their first collaboration, Ludovic Morlot, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and composer John Luther Adams have struck gold. Become Ocean, Morlot's first large-scale commission as music director of the SSO, is a symphonic work that feels even vaster than its forty-two-minute span. By dividing the large ensemble into three interlocking orchestras, Adams created a score that works on multiple levels: it's an abstract sonic experience at one extreme and, at the other, an evocation of nature and its irresistible force.

-- Thomas May, Listen Magazine

Product Description:

  • Release Date: September 30, 2014

  • Catalog Number: CA21101

  • UPC: 713746310127

  • Label: Cantaloupe

  • Period: Contemporary

  • Composer: John Luther Adams

  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra


  1. Become Ocean

    Composer: John Luther Adams

    Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Ludovic Morlot