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Nonesuch Records releases a live recording of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s world-premiere production of Louis
Andriessen’s Theatre of the World from May 2016, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw.
The nine-scene multi-media work, which was commissioned by the Philharmonic with generous support from the Lenore S.
and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund, features a libretto by Helmut Krausser. Theatre of the World is a far-ranging exploration of
the German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680). Kircher, the author of thirty books, "made a determined effort to
summarize all of contemporary knowledge, and link it to Christian theology," according to John Henken’s program note.
Theatre of the World premiered on May 6, 2016, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and was met by rave reviews. The Los
Angeles Times wrote "Brilliant and deep, Andriessen's music compels from start to finish. A dizzying work that's vast in
scope yet unnervingly claustrophobic." The New York Times described it as "A lavish, bawdy, enthusiastically semi-
coherent fantasia on early modern culture … Andriessen has grown ever more expert as a technician. While eclecticism is
now the compositional norm … Andriessen was there first, and he still does it best."
Louis Andriessen, according to London’s Guardian, is "not only the leading Dutch composer of our time, but one of the most
important figures in European music in the last half century, whose influence has spread far beyond that of his own works."