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In Reply to: RE: John Marks recommends seven post-1950 compositions on Stereophile's "Audiostream" satellite site posted by John Marks on July 08, 2017 at 14:40:24
Great musical ideas **plus** the ability to work the material to satisfying ends, humor, startlingly imaginative as an orchestrator, in other words, Ligeti possesses that elusive "X" factor.
Now that I've made it all about me, I'm glad to see Hovhaness up there. Part often seems like a Neo-Renaissance kind of guy, to me. I've not thrilled to Adams since his Harmonielehre. I'll check out the Dharma!
Esa Pekka Salonen. Starting with his phenomenal piano concerto. It's been a real treat over the years to see him conduct his own compositions in the concert hall he helped build.
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