Son has pointed out contrast between my review of the Symphony concert and Kosman's. He's writing what reviewers normally write. I've discovered I can't actually do that. I'm trying to tell anyone what this sort of piece sounds like. Golijov sometimes sounds like Klesmer, a fact I find hilarious and pleasing. Classical music that sounds like Klesmer. How could you beat that? The point is that the musical content derives from somewhere recognizably musical.
The connections to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms for my ears are now completely broken. Schoenberg would probably have liked this. Son thinks she connects to Shostakovitch. Perhaps if I knew him better, I could hear the connection.
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