6 May 2017

ADAMS: Naive and Sentimental Music

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 6 May 2017
John Adams

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Celebrating his 70th birthday in 2017, the composer John Adams is still one of today's most highly regarded composers.

This Bruckner-inspired work is in three monumental movements.

1 Naïve and Sentimental Music

2 Mother of Man

3 Chain to the Rhythm

The composer says: 'The rhythmic and harmonic DNA present in the first bars culminates with its final moments, with the resonant energy and full acoustical power of 100-plus instruments.

The aim here was to make the orchestra sound not only massive (as it does in Bruckner) but also fleet and capable of high velocities, a kind of "vehicle of transcendent potential".

Recorded 6 May 2017, Auckland Town Hall by RNZ Concert.

Producer: Tim Dodd

Engineer: Adrian Hollay