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Naive and Sentimental Music

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Once lumped with the minimalists, Adams retains that style’s rhythmic drive while now painting ever larger and more varied canvases. His most recent orchestral score makes an arcane poetic allusion to Schiller in its title but offers an accessible and often exciting blend of drama, emotion, and striking sonic colors. Not a radical composer, Adams is rather a master at infusing traditional forms with fresh life, relevance, and power.