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January 21, 2005



Don't be disturbed that you can't hear what Roger Reynolds describes in his music. His music is notorious for failing to yield to experienced listener's ears what his program notes and preconcert talks imply you will hear. There are plenty of us who graduated from University of California, San Diego, who bemoan this--and we're used to listening to the most wacky, experimental music on the planet. When Reynolds hits the bullseye, the results are exhilirating. But far too often, his music (which he proudly admits is experimental, designed to boldly go where ears have not gone before), like most experiments, fails. The guy talks up a storm, gets you all roused about modern music--and then you hear his piece, and ask yourself, "Where was all that great stuff he was talking about?"

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