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Two full-length BIS Records CDs accompany an introductory guide in David Hurwitz's Shostakovich Symphonies And Concertos (1574671316 $22.95), which enhances the 'Unlocking the Masters' series. From structural analysis of particular movements and atmosphere to step-by-step descriptions and analysis of development choices, listeners are treated to a fine movement-by-movement analysis which delves into the intricacies of classical style in general and Shostakovich's choices in particular. Thomas May's The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings On An American Composer (1574671324, 27.95) provides music library holdings with essays by leading musical critics who examine the popular living classical American composer's works, direction, and influences. These are interviews and critical assessments alike, including Mr. May's interview with John Adams and a piece on Adams' early days in San Francisco. The blend of interviews with scholarly assessments allows for a fine detailed, in-depth approach to Adams' works and perspective and is a 'must' for any serious classical music library.
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|Title Annotation:||Shostakovich Symphonies and Concertos; The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2006|
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