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Unexpected pleasure

As with many of his compositions this piece starts with unexpected twists and turns. Several of the pieces have a chilling quality including Soldiers of Heaven hold up the Sky and the People are Heroes Now. Often this style of minimalism has been described by some as repetitive and not able to hold up over time but as I listen to this selection over time, I find it grows deeper and stronger each time I spend listening to it. Many parts also capture a time, the period of Nixon's Presidency and the intersection with Mao and the revolution. It is worth your time to enjoy this composition.


Born: June 1, 1941 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Edo de Waart established a notable conducting career in the last third of the 20th century, becoming known for clear, exciting performances in a wide range of repertory. He came from a musical family, being the son of a choral singer. He studied oboe with Haakon Stotijn and also conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam. He became co-principal oboe of the Amsterdam Philharmonic in 1961 and associate principal of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1963. Meanwhile, he studied conducting, including a...
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