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Naive And Sentimental Music

25 Dec. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 16 April 2002
  • Release Date: 16 April 2002
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2002 Nonesuch Records
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  • Total Length: 44:12
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  • ASIN: B001F3FIXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,296 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Never mind its title; this is a big boned symphony. It follows on from his earlier "Harmonlehre" in its mixture of the late romantic, modern and minimalist. Its scope and epic landscape recalls Copland's third symphony while the hurtling towards home in the finale reminds me of Sibelius's Lemminkainen's Return.

The references to the naive and sentimental are not too helpful though the opening and recurrent guitar strumming theme is meant to symbolise the naive confronted by the huge forces of the sentimental, "thinking" music that follows. There is a great sense of epic and shifting landscape in the outer movements with both unleashing huge forces, not unlike Birtwhistle's "Earth Dances", of which there appears to be a conscious reference in the opening movement.

The three movements contain some of Adams' most harmonically challenging music and dissonance but amounts to a satisfying and cohesive symphonic whole. It is not the place to visit if you prefer the lighter dance works of John Admas, this is very serious music indeed.

As Mr Kimber pointed out, the slow movement refers to Busoni's Berceuse, a work, he also provided an orchestrated version of. I am not sure I agree about the link to Messiaen though wouldn't deny its huge expressive power. I do not think there is anything of the mystic and religious grandeur that you would expect from Messiaen. This work belongs with Copland, Sibelius, Bruckner and, yes, the Birtwhistle of "Earth Dances" and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. I mention all these as reference points but this is easily distinguished as the music of John Adams and no one else.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By theuniverseiscomposedofvalues on 19 Jan. 2010
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In order to express accurately and succinctly what is important about this work and why I think it's crucial to the repertoire (and therefore why all you fellow Amazon-ians should immediately acquire a copy!), I'm going to ignore the peripheral issues of its complex source of inspiration, including its apparently overtly provocative title. I want to focus on the work's expressive content, which is what leads me to rate it as highly as I do.

I think Adams surpassed himself with this one: it's music of hitherto unguessed-at grandeur, breadth, narrative power and expressive richness. His mastery of musical architecture is superlative and we know from the very first note that this is going to be an epic journey.

Secondly, its overall structure in more detail: the first movement is an extended essay on a repeated melody which sets out on a vast journey through ever more inspiring landscapes. The second, inspired by Busoni's famous Berceuse Elegiaque written in memory of his mother, possesses an Olympian calm interrupted only by a visionary central section featuring powerful major triads in crescendo from the strings and awesome, cavernous sonorities from the brass (including 2 tubas!). The third movement is a typical Adamsian finale in texture and structure, but not in tone: the surface exuberence barely conceals the extremely dark, nostalgic emotional vein that runs through the entire work. The ending, in particular, is extremely effective in its ambiguity: unison F#s on trombones in crescendo.

I can't immediately think of any other work by a composer still living possessed of this kind of emotional "grip": in fact, I think we have to go back to the masterpieces of Messiaen to find anything comparable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tubamirum on 14 Jun. 2013
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As I'm sometimes out of touch with developments in music, I was absolutely delighted to find this wonderful large scale orchestral work by one of my favourite composers.

Blistering orchestral playing, wonderful conducting and top recording quality all contribute to making this a wonderful listening experience.

A must have for anyone who enjoys modern orchestral music as well as anyone who enjoyed his "Harmonilehre"...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The Definitive Recording of a Major Masterpiece 26 Aug. 2002
By Grady Harp - Published on
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John Adams has been gathering increasing audiences since his earliest works which were applauded more because of their originality than because of their innate musicality. Early works like 'Shaker Loops' led to the Opera 'Nixon in China' and while that opera drew large appreciative audiences because of the topic, it still was up to Adams to prove himself a durable, growing composer of lasting classical music. In this remarkable recording of NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL MUSIC, commissioned by the orchestra and conductor who perform it here (Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Phil), we finally have a symphonic work that stands very tall as pure music. No need for a chorus or vocal soloists( as in the magnificent 'Harmonium' based on the poetry of Emily Dickenson, or 'El Nino', his oratorio for the Christmas season or 'The Wound Dresser' which is perhaps the most brilliant setting of Walt Whitman ever conceived): this is simply grand orchestral work. The opening measures draw us into the cradling effect of folk tunes, but that effect blossoms into a complex and colorful flight of fancy. The second movement is an elegy of quiet beauty and the last movement restates some of Adams earlier writing motifs but gradually binds these together into a electrifying explosion of blatantly romantic sound. Salonen and the LA Phil play this score as if to the music born - which in this case is reality! Excellent sonics and depth of range on the recording make the entire experience of getting to know this masterpiece a complete joy.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Why am I reminded of Jarmush's Dead Man atmosphere ? 23 Feb. 2003
By jos - Published on
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I guess I might be alone in my perception of John Adams' Naive and Sentimental music, but I shall say more about that later.
I heard this extraordinary music on the radio (only some 4 minutes of the first part's middle section) and I was instantly hooked. I searched the radio station's website the next day to discover what they were playing and I discovered an artist I never heard of before, but who is actually a very important figure in contemporary classical music as I learned soon. When I got the CD I discovered a whole new musical world, somewhere between tonal romanticism, minimalistic "repetitive" building layers of music and "atonal" (I don't belive there is such thing)contemporary composition.
Postmodern modernism could be the word.
So, back to the title of this review. The massive, "alienated" music, that reminds at times of "american" film-score classics, with strong dark tones, powerful outbursts of energy and sparkling, floating parts of music with "elvish" (since we're in the age of Lord of the Rings histeria - which I approve somehow)
undernotes. So, what is the artist trying to say? He moved me to some other state of counciousness and inspired visual worlds coherent with the design of the CD, which somehow transport me to some endless, dreamy "Americana" dream(land)scape similar to Jarmush's Dead Man movie setting and atmosphere.
Great work by Esa Pekka Salonen and LA Philly.
I wish Adams would venture even further into those "twilight" realms and maybe abandon the "layering principle" in favour of more rhytmically and sylistically diverse principles as exemplified by Stravinsky and other greats of symphonic invention. But I deeply admire his melodic invention and orchestration ideas. Go beyond, if you read this Mr.Adams.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Rock Solid 7 Aug. 2002
By Daniel Johnson - Published on
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This is the finest orchestral writing of John Adams' career. I have to agree with the newspaper critic who commented that while there are no real departures here from the familiar Adams voice (as heard in Harmonielehre, Nixon in China, the Violin Concerto, etc.), all of the expected tricks of melody, rhythm, harmony, and orchestration are delivered with an unprecedented mastery and assuredness, and on a grand new scale.
The performance is perfect as well. Salonen brings out the sharp, modern edges of the piece without sacrificing grace, subtlety, or tenderness of feeling. I know this must seem over-the-top, but I think I can recommend this recording to anyone interested in the symphony orchestra, without reservation.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful work spectacularly performed 5 Sept. 2002
By Jeff Abell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ah, John Adams! I've been tracking this dude's work since I lived in Berkeley in the mid-70s, and it really hasn't let me down yet. I heard Adams conduct this piece with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra a couple of years ago, and it was like sitting in front of a 747 taking off! The first and last movements are filled with intense, complex patterns and textures that change kaleidoscopically, while the middle movement is gentle, featuring a loping electric guitar solo. Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Phil give this a phenomenally tight reading that renders all the complex textures in high relief. I felt I understood the piece better from this recording than from hearing it live. Elegant packaging from Nonesuch, and an insightful essay by Ingram Marshall add to the pleasure of this recording.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Atonal Greatness 15 May 2004
By M. Fant - Published on
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Somehow, Adams does it. I heard the piece for the first time aftering buying the album and just 'going for it' as I like to say. I had heard of Adams in a magazine, but never heard anything besides "Short Ride in a Fast Machine." So I had an idea of what I was getting into, but no clue as to how amazing it truly would be. I didn't expect the music to be as mature as it sounds - after all the title is "Naive.. Sentimental." I expected something more subdued or at least subtle. The second movement may pass as subdued or subtle - but the other two are rides, be sure to hang on. It's good music, it really is - it's good stuff that you need to look into.
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