This is one of the most beautiful modern classical recordings I've had the privilege to hear. John Luther Adams composes lush, sparse and epic tales of our relationship with nature. This sounds simple, but the complexity of his musical narratives are stunning, and this is his finest work. In fact, for this piece, he just received the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
I recently discovered Adams on Q2 Music's Meet The Composer podcast, a program that is beginning to feel essential for me. I encourage you to explore it for yourself.
Listen to folks getting all emotional about things here:
And stream the full piece here:
Please visit his website for more information on other recordings as well: http://www.johnlutheradams.com/