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Review: Gabriel Kahane's take on L.A. has a Brooklyn accent
Review: Gabriel Kahane's take on L.A. has a Brooklyn accent

Haven though Los Angeles and its environs have been to classical composers for the past century, the town is seldom the subject of symphony, art song or opera. When it is, moreover, the dark side tends to show. John Adams titled his L.A. symphony "City Noir." In Hanns Eisler's bitter "Hollywood Songbook," the angels, for whom this town is christened, smell of oil as they "feed the writers in their swimming pools every morning." Even Disneyland in Philip Glass' Walt Disney opera, "The Perfect American," is menacing. There are the occasional star-struck exceptions, such as the unjustly neglected French composer Charles Koechlin's...

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