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Violin Concerto

Glass Philip Audio CD
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1. Company: I - Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa
2. Company: II - Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa
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

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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

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Company 1 I 2:33 2 II 1:54 3 III 1:48 4 IV 2:30 Violin Concerto 5 I 6:42 6 II 8:31 7 III 9:20 Akhnaten 8 Prelude 12:14 9 Dance (Act II Scene III) 5:35 / Composed By - Philip Glass / Conductor - Takuo Yuasa / Orchestra - Ulster Orchestra / Violin - Adele Anthony (tracks: 5 to 7)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Most "accessible" Glass April 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
One could say this concerto may be the Glass piece most closely related to traditional music and therefore more accessible to those who don't care for "new" music. I am a glass fan and found it to be wonderfully flowing and enjoyed the violin versus his many synthesized music pieces. Top notch. Up there with "The Hours," another favorite. Cant' beat the price either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Glass Goes a Long Way June 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is fun to experience different composers and different styles. I picked up this CD on a whim, having heard only a snippet of the first movement of Glass's Piano Concerto. Since I had not encountered minimalism previously, this was an education.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Intro to Glass May 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the perfect CD for people who are curious about Glass but don't want to spend $20 on a CD they may wind up hating. For $6.99 this is a killer deal. Bear in mind that many of the people who have given this CD a poor review are already familiar with Glass' work. We'll assume that the reader is not. These pieces are interesting,beautifully played,and do provide an excellent introduction to Glass' work.If you've always wondered whether or not Glass is your thing, or even if you've never heard of the guy, how can you go wrong for $7? I say slap down your money and give him a chance. I've played this as often as I've played any of his symphonies and soundtracks.Go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two out of three isn't bad. Nov. 27 2003
By Bob
Format:Audio CD
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. The final movement to the concerto was a colossal mistake. I guess the muse has to abandon you from time to time lest you'll take her favors for granted.
The Company is okay, but it's nothing to rave about. I'd say that the disc was more than worth the price for the first two movements of the Glass Violin Concerto.
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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. The second time I listened I discovered there *isn't* anything deeper. This is ear candy, for the ears what Star Wars is for the eyes. In his excellent review for a different recording of the concerto, reviewer Karl Henzy says (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him): "...nothing could show the paucity of Glass's ideas than this Violin Concerto. Folks, we'd heard it all from him by the end of the 70s--he's just recycling now, and the material he's recycling was largely cliche to begin with." Hits it right on the head, in my opinion. Much the same is true of the other works here. They go nowhere. I understand the idea behind minimalism, but we don't see even microchanges here, just repetitions. Glass' earlier music, to me, is far more interesting (Einstein, for example), and even that is very very limited. Koyaanisqatsi works because of how it matches the images and because The Grid, for one, goes through some interesting developments. Those kinds of developments (vs sheer repetition) are missing in these works. Philip Glass said it all 20 years ago, I'm afraid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Company of a Violin Conceto March 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
I would love to see a musical composition
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Low Price, Great Music, Inspiring
I admit that I bought this CD because of the price, instead of more officially sanctioned Philip Glass releases. I am not sorry that I did. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2002 by D A Beckham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to Glass
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 more
Published on Dec 12 2001
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Published on Oct. 28 2001 by Chris
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Published on Sept. 3 2001 by Lee Hartsfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass' Best Works
I think that Glass' Violin Concerto is his best work because of its ability to be beautiful and interesting. Read more
Published on July 5 2001 by Nicholas Waldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Naxos!
Each time I listen to this album, I enjoy it more and more. This is an excellent introduction to the music of Philip Glass, and is very affordable for nearly anyone who may be... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2001 by D. R. Greenfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great!
I picked up this CD just out of curiousity (already having a number of other Glass works, and knowing nothing about the Violin Concerto). Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2000 by "vagombos"
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