It's not that often that you hear humour being well done in music - Beethoven certainly, Richard Strauss sometimes too. But here comes a new piece by John Adams that is full of fun.
I never got on with Adams' first Chamber Symphony, finding it a bit too knotty for my taste. But I thought I'd give this one a try as I've enjoyed all his more recent pieces. I suggest someone coming new to the 'Son of Chamber Symphony' starts with the second and third movements, which are a little easier on the ear than the first. It all benefits from repeated listening, but what emerges is a piece brimming with all sorts of humour, and full of exuberant joy. In parts it reminds me of the finale of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, in the way all the themes are fitted together in an endless succession of new combinations, and the sense of fun this conveys. If you enjoy the Mozart, you may well like this too.
There is so much in here you can follow different instruments with each listen and hear a different piece each time. Oh, and it's got an amazing sense of rhythm too.
Sound quality is absolutely first rate.