Sunday, March 18, 2012

John Adams and Ludwig's 'Jokes'

A Twitter friend tipped me off yesterday to the San Francisco Symphony premiere of a John Adams work built around LvB scherzos from some of his quartets. She had just attended and found it amazing. Here are the detailed program notes with plenty of Adams quotes, such as: “I frequently have these powerful, archetypal experiences with Beethoven, but with the piano sonatas and the quartets, which for me are the most vivid, rather than with the symphonies and the public music that gets heard all the time.”  Adams explains:

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