Monday, August 12, 2002

Thanks Largely to This Review, I went out and bought John Adams' Naive and Sentimental Music. It's a piece in three movements for full orchestra, and manages to convey the the grandeur of a Beethoven piece, but still having an unmistakeably contemporary feel, due to odd dissonances, funky rhythms, and influences from all over the musical map. It's beautiful without falling into prettiness, contemporary without being ugly, intelligent without being esoteric.

I would never claim to be an expert in classical music, but I did used to be married to a classically trained violist, so I've heard enough to know what I like. And I like this CD.

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