I put this here, as I'd put Penderecki's St Luke Passion here, because it's already répertoire for me.
I'm über-fan of John Adams. I ordered a lot of conductors of his music in the library I work in (City Noir is one of the most interesting).
One of the most striking work for me is Absolute Jest, because it's built upon bits of Beethoven's late string quartets, which are some of the strangest and "the final frontier of tonality" and "go-back-to-it" works I've ever encountered. He used some advanced tools, similar to Opusmodus (but I don't know which ones in particular), to manage to do that. If you know Beethoven well, it's full of weird reminiscences, it's somewhat familiar and unfamiliar at the same time while being perfectly orchestrated.
Here you can share your favourite work by John Adams too :-)
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