Traditional classical always seems alot more complex to me. Is it because classical layered voices/counterpoint and improvised on figured bass. While new-age/contemporary classical is just improvising on standard chord progressions?
Edit: this question was written before I realized there's about a zillion types of modern classical genres I wasn't aware of. But I'm mainly talking about pop classical music, things we hear in movies, etc. Sometimes I go to Guitar Center to jam and just about everyone that comes in plays River Flows in You. So it got me wondering..