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  • Composer: Glass Philip
  • Audio CD (May 1 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nam
  • ASIN: B00004SYG9
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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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. The selections are well recorded and performed. Akhnaten was the first CD set of Glass that I purchased, and to be honest, it was hard to get into. Difficult music has always been a draw for me, but the opera was just a bit too much. This CDs selections from that opera drew me back to the original recording, which I can now appreciate much better. This is not to say that they made me wish for a better performance, but to say that they inspired me to listen again to the score in it's entirety. That is what a CD like this is intended to do, and for that, I recommend it. Listen, and be inspired to hear more Glass work's in their entirety.
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By A Customer on May 14 2004
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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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 interested in hearing his music. Probably the best track on this CD is the second movement of the violin concerto; it is both sad and lyrical, filled with longing and regret. Anthony does an admirable job of interpreting this work. The sound quality is very sharp and clear. I believe that anyone with an interest in contemporary serious music will love this album. The price is unbeatable. Naxos has certainly won my heart for their continuing series of American Classics.
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