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Philip Glass : Portrait


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  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau, La pièta
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Analekta
  • ASIN: B001FY7BCK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Belle et la Bête "Ouverture"
2. The Hours Suite: Movement I
3. The Hours Suite: Movement II
4. The Hours Suite: Movement III
5. Mishima: 1934-Grandmother and Kimitake
6. Mishima: 1962-Body Building
7. Mishima: Blood Oath
8. Mishima: Closing
9. The secret Agent
10. Echorus
11. Company: Movement I
12. Company: Movement II
13. Company: Movement III
14. Company: Movement IV
15. Closing

Product Description

This is one of the best Philip Glass albums in ages. Led by French Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau, the all-female string-ensemble La Pieta has woven together some of the composer's most moodily romantic and irresistible pieces, playing them with a lush, almost hypnotizing beauty. -- The Star Ledger, November 3, 2008

Dubeau plays everything with alluring sweetness and sophistication and her colleagues match her tender, inflected playing note for note. -- Gramophone, January 2008

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Oct. 14 2008
Format: Audio CD
This disc is quite a change from Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà previous album, the smooth and soothing Un Conte De Fees/Fairy Tale.
While exploring a whole new world with Glass Music, she reminds us of some of the incredible music he composed and she reminds us of some good films (Mishima, La Belle & La Bête). Captivating, never boring, with this Portrait, she made a moving disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise Am Leclair on May 25 2010
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I had heard one of the tracks on this cd on CBC Radio and was hooked. After listening to the entire album, each track good or better, i got a second cd to send to my friend as a gift. The music is beautiful and so different. I guess you would call this modern 'classic" music but the best I have heard.
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This is the kind of music I listen to when a book is too boring and I need it to be a little more interesting. Hey! Is there any shame in that?
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not your father's Philip Glass CD Oct. 31 2008
By Steve49w - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was given this CD as a gift and not being a big fan of Philip Glass I expected his usual "knock-knock, who's there; knock-knock, who's there; ock-knock, who's there" kind of music. I was very pleasantly surprised with this "late period" Glass music. It's a very mellow and beautiful record. The sonorities that Ms. Dubeau and La Pieta are able to bring to this music are amazing. I am whole heartedly recommending this to anyone who likes good, mellow, evocative music.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Philip Glass Portrait by Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà. April 10 2009
By Zadok_the_Priest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD was playing while I was in the record store and I just had to buy it. Beautifully played and with excellent sonics, this CD gives you a digest of Philip Glass' latest works without having to buy all the recent albums. The playing is uniformly good - the music if mainly for strings, with the Hours suite adding harp, piano and celesta. It is also mainly based on music for movies : Cocteau's "Beauty and the beast", "The Hours", "The secret agent" and "Mishima". Also included are music for the play "Company", "Echorus" and "Closing" from the album 'Glassworks'.

It is typical Glass throughout, there are no surprises here - all you need to do is listen to it and be enveloped in his particular, hypnotic, sound world. Even people who don't know much about Glass should be able to like this album - it's easily accessible to all, not spiky or dissonant. You can either sit down and listen to his signature arpeggiated violins, or play it as background music while ironing shirts. Either way, this is an excellent disc, and a great introduction to Glass for those who are new to him.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Quality Glass Aug. 9 2009
By Suzan Leonhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With this CD, La Pieta has admirably brought forth Glass' passion and intuitivily interpreted the intricate details of each piece. My personal favorite on this CD is the Secret Agent (track 9). The fluid lines and plusing tempo Le Pieta takes with this arrangement makes the piece breathtaking, and I can listen to it repeatedly with the same conviction. Thank you. Your CD is my weekend morning santuary.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A bit of a disappointment for a Glass fan Dec 22 2008
By Kevin Goldsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After reading the other reviews and the description, I was expecting a radical re-imagining of Philip Glass' work. Instead, the work is a quite good, but quite literal, representation of several pieces in the Glass canon already presented in other recordings. The recording is good and the pieces are played well, but if you already own these pieces, you will not find much new here.

I wish that the performers had either taken more liberties with the arrangements to bring new life to them or had picked more obscure works that hadn't already been recorded several times, that would have made this a more compelling record.

This recording is recommended for those new to Glass or without a lot of his recordings or those who are complete-ists (and who will buy it anyway).
Gorgeous; soothing Oct. 6 2012
By WordFoodie - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite piece is "Closing". Angele Dubeau and La Pieta make the piece hauntingly beautiful. Perfect for unwinding at the end of the day or as the backdrop to a contemplative moment.


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