Saturday, October 07, 2006

Sandow: Sell modern classical to young people

In Saturday's Wall Street Journal, Greg Sandow argues that young people who enjoy edgy rock music are the obvious audience for musicians and record companies that offer modern classical music. Sandow reviews "Warp Works and Contemporary Masters," a two-CD set from the British Warp Records label. One disc, classical arrangements of modern rock, is pretty much a waste of time, Sandow opines, but the disc of music by John Cage, Steve Reich, Gyorgi Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen is "wonderfully worth hearing." A colophon says that Sandow is "writing a book on the future of classical music." That should be worth reading, given the range of Sandow's interests; I had assumed from articles by him that I've seen over the years that Sandow was a rock critic.

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