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Unfortunately, Naive and Sentimental Music confirms this observation.
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.
I heard the piece for the first time aftering buying the album and just 'going for it' as I like to say.
Harmonielehre. Elektra. 1985. San Francisco Symph. Edo De Wart, cond.
Gnarly Buttons. John’s Book of Alleged Dances. Nonesuch. 1998 London Sinfonietta. Read more
First and foremost I must say that I truly enjoyed just about all of the reviews of this music. Yes, even the 1-star and 2-star reviews. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Vaughan
After reading the various negative reviews of Adams' "Naive and Sentimental Music," I came to the realization that there are many classical listeners around even today who won't... Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Transfigured Knight
Naive and Sentimental Music is not the masterpiece that Harmonielehre is. Although they employ similar orchestral forces and have similar compositional structures, the former... Read morePublished on April 9, 2007 by Robert S. Costic
Reading this bunch of intelligent reviews for John Adam's work is a great experience. No one seems to be bored by this score and the music intonates lots of different... Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by PeterLagersted
As a composer I do actually admirer Adams' skill as an orchestrator and I do like his 'Harmonium' best for it's 'naive' very American(to a British ear) beauty which has a lovely... Read morePublished on May 27, 2006 by Mr. G. Yeloff
The following is from my review of a live performance of Naive & Sentimental Music by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read morePublished on January 23, 2006 by svf
The earlier music of John Adams has been some of the most touching and engaging music to me, and it remains in my regular listening repertoire. Read morePublished on December 18, 2004 by K.E.A.R.
This is one of the most impressive symphonic compositions by an American composer in years. This is Adams on a genuine massive scale - similar to his Harmonielehre, and it is... Read morePublished on November 29, 2004 by G P Padillo