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|3. Company: III - Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa|
|4. Company: IV - Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa|
|5. Vn Con: I - Adele Anthony|
|6. Vn Con: II - Adele Anthony|
|7. Vn Con: III - Adele Anthony|
|8. Akhnaten: Prld - Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa|
|9. Akhnaten: Act II, Scene III: Dance - Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa|
Philip Glass's signature doom-and-gloom minor sonorities and shifting rhythms scintillate and eddy under the touch of Adele Anthony and the Ulster Symphony. The solo line in the Violin Concerto is at odds with a unified orchestra throughout, and Anthony's romantic tone draws the listener in for an exploration of the texture, grain, and fiber of Glass's structural minimalism. The Ulster Symphony's rendering of Company and Akhnaten, under the leadership of Takuo Yuasa, forms brilliant darts of tonal color. As a musical adaptation of Samuel Beckett's prose of the same name, Company's dark ruminations are appropriate for the text's depiction of a solitary figure lying on his back in the dark. The orchestra seems aware of their repetitious mechanical task in performing these works, yet this human awareness is what makes Glass's orchestral work so compelling. --Alexis Odell
Top Customer Reviews
My first reaction to this CD was to defrock the composer and declare that "the Emperor has no clothes." But , minimalism being what it is, I have since revised my opinion that Glass is presenting us with a Thong as a fashion statement. After all you can get a thong in various colors, and even different fabrics. After that, however, there is no more variety. If you decrease it in size, there is nothing. If you increase it in size, it morphs into a different garment. Don't even think of wearing it sideways on a hip. Add accessories and you no longer have minimalism. So, if you require variety and complexity, you might seek a fuller wardrobe elsewhere. Keep one or two Glass pieces for specific occasions. At other times, dress sensibly.
Having trashed recurring Glass minimalism in the paragraph above, I admit that I still favor the Piano Concerto, which I recommend. But after the concerto, I typically move to a different composer without finishing the Glass CD. For me, a little Glass goes a long way.
These performances are well recorded, digitally. Naxos engineers know their stuff. The ensemble performing these minimalist pieces is understandably small, but fills the soundstage with a full spectrum of sound. I am not sure whether they should be commended or punished for being able to perform multiple Glass pieces.
I gave this CD four stars, strictly for the Piano Concerto. This generous evaluation goes with the provision that listening is limited to that piece, and not too often. If you already own other Glass CDs, deduct one star for each.
in the style of Mr.Glass, by any of those
who who call themselves critics.To understand
the music of Mr.Glass or any of his contemporaries,
one must also understand that that was
the style of day, and that composers were
writing accordingly; before we can make any
harsh remark or comment. Within that particular
style that is not seen as "great" by some, the
works here recorded are among the very best
of Mr.Glass.The Violin Concerto of 1987,
is his first work written for a conventional
symphony orchestra. The Violin Concerto is
im my opinion, pure entertaining minimalism.
The suite called "Company", is an orchestration
of one of his string quartets of the same name.
The Prelude and dance from "Akanaten" are just
as wonderful.The performers(are as usual in
this collection of American Classics of
naxos) non-Americans, which helps a lot
in the internationalization of American
classical music, in this case is
the Uster Orchestra, with Australian
violinist Adele Anthony, and Japanesse
Takuo Yuasa. The performers are wonderful,
they all did a wonderful job.Thank you
Mr.Glass, Ulster Orchestra, and thank you
violinist, and conductor.
Most recent customer reviews
The first two movements of the Violin Concerto are excellent. I think it's the only violin concerto out there that even comes close to Mendelssohn's romantic masterpiece. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by Bob
The first time I listened to the Glass Violin Concerto, I found it interesting in a few spots, but decided I'd have to listen a second time in search of something deeper. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt
This is a taste of some of Philip Glass's best work, and is particularly accessible to music lovers who have not been introduced to Glass. (See also Glassworks. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2001
Philip Glass is not to be reckoned with. His fireball stage antics would make G.G Allin blush. His solo career soared after he left his previous bandmates "the Murder... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001 by Chris
Intelligent insects, of course. In these extraordinary works, composer Glass combines notes to make chords, and chords to make progressions of chords. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001 by Lee Hartsfeld
I think that Glass' Violin Concerto is his best work because of its ability to be beautiful and interesting. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Nicholas Waldman