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Julian Richards ,

Unashamedly emotional

Michael Oliva resolves the oxymoron of contemporary classical music. Steeped in the European canon, his late Romantic lineage proudly on display, he sees no reason not to speak the language of modernism woven through with the postmodern textures of sampling.

Most importantly, though, he knows why he makes music. Where most contemporary classical composers seem to struggle to get beyond intellectual exercises on a more or less whimsical theme, Oliva’s music is breathtakingly and sincerely felt.