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Naive and sentimental music
Adams, John, 1947- , composer.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Nonesuch, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Editon recorded: Hendon Music.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Ingram Marshall ([16] p.) in container.
Naive and sentimental music (18:10) -- Mother of the man (15:09) -- Chain to the rhythm (11:00).
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Music CD


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Central Library ORCHSTRA .A214 NAI Compact Disc Central Library

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This may be composer John Adams's most ambitious undertaking to date, one that moves him further out of the "minimalist" category. A massive, sprawling opus, it bombards the listener with a dizzying array of swirling melodies, chugging rhythms, vivid sonic colors, and lush orchestral textures. Yet for all its complexity, this three-movement work never overwhelms the ear. Adams makes the work emotionally compelling by creating a variety of moods that sometimes blend smoothly and at other times collide with a clamor. Poignant melodies churn and percolate until they explode into raucous climaxes; jubilant fanfares crash into craggy dissonance; motifs that dance and spin as if out of control somehow resolve into peaceful reveries. It all makes for a gripping study of struggle and contrast and an adventurous journey through ever-changing soundscapes. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, to whom this work is dedicated, leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an assured performance that crackles with excitement. The accompanying booklet includes an excellent essay by fellow composer Ingram Marshall providing valuable insight and perspective. Kudos to Adams for creating a provocative yet accessible work that challenges listeners without a hint of intimidation.

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