And is that really a John Adams quote in the finale too, or just an accidental likeness?
I think an accidental likeness - it comes down to the
rhythm and one particular chord change, doesn't it? It sounds Nixon-y, but no bit I recognise specifically.
I'm afraid I'm not really feeling this. I didn't go to the premiere because, well, I'm not sure, but very late Górecki doesn't generally do much for me (and I have a pretty high tolerance threshold for a lot of the rest of his work). This I can imagine having more of an impact in the hall, but it's just too bitty for me.