Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams' Dr. Atomic Symphony, performed here by the St.
Louis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Robertson, is a thrilling distillation of
musical themes from Adams' 2005 opera Dr. Atomic. This 25-minute white-knuckle ride manages
to convey all the drama, dread, tension and uncertainty that distinguished Adam's impressionistic
examination of the life of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. It's a tale blending history, politics,
science and ethics, centered around 'an anti-hero, laced with deep moral dilemmas,' as Atomic
Symphony liner-notes writer Jeremy Denk puts It. It is a real-life saga in which the fate of humanity
truly hangs in the balance. And it still does: as the New York Times noted, Dr. Atomic remains 'all