John Adams: City Noir
Stephen Johnson explores the dark, jazz-inflected world of John Adams's orchestral paean to the film noir, and post-war Hollywood.
Composed in 2009, John Adams's City Noir is a dark, brooding, jazz-inflected tribute to film noir. The composer's primary inspiration was urban California in the 1950s - from Sunset Boulevard to Macarthur Park - and his score seethes with barely-repressed energy. Stephen Johnson explores its murky musical pages.