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  • Audio CD (May 10 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000260W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. In The Upper Room: Dance l
2. In The Upper Room: Dance ll
3. In The Upper Room: Dance V
4. In The Upper Room: Dance Vlll
5. In The Upper Room: Dance lX
6. Glasspiece # 1('Rubric')
7. Glasspiece # 2 ('Facades')
8. Glasspiece # 3 ('Funeral' From Akhnaten)

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On associe souvent Philip Glass à Steve Reich, Terry Riley et La Monte Young. Autant pour les deux premiers, la comparaison va de soi, même si chacun possède sa spécificité, autant pour le dernier, les préoccupations semblent différentes sinon opposées. Et ce Dance Pieces ne fait pas exception à la règle qui en témoigne. Là où La Monte Young se concentre sur la prolongation du son et les effets que cela produit sur l'auditeur, Glass part du constat qu'une note est constituée de cellules rythmiques répétées que nous ne pouvons percevoir, et l'illustre à l'échelle de ses compositions. À la notion de continuum, Philip Glass substitue donc celle de savantes figures répétées à satiété et progressivement superposées. Dans la seconde moitié de la carrière de Glass qui fait suite au retentissant Einstein On The Beach de 1976, Dance Pieces est avec North Star et The Photographer une des œuvres les plus convaincantes. --Hervé Comte

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Format: Audio Cassette
I was a young adult when I got this cassette in the 80's. I was delighted. I was listening to it over and over on my first Walkman. It was never too far in my first car with a cassette player. To me, that music was life, imagination and courage. It was the symbol of repeating days with a crescendo. I still listen to it but with care because I'm afraid of the it'll break. Since then, I got so many disks from Philipp Glass. It's still the same charm and inspiration.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9baa47c8) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c086dbc) out of 5 stars A wonderful first exposure to the works of Philip Glass May 19 2007
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have only just recently started exploring the major minimalist composers and found this compilation by Philip Glass to be very interesting and perhaps a little bit more accessible in contrast with early compositions by Terry Riley. In general, the music on this compilation features ostinatos mixed with arpeggios and like most minimalism, the pieces are deeply meditative.

Glasspieces was originally performed in 1983; the nine movement In the Upper Room suite premiered in 1986; and both accompanied a ballet performance. Neither of the pieces on this compilation are presented in their original (complete) form. Specifically, only five of the nine movements (selected by Glass himself) originally included on In the Upper Room are presented on Dancepieces, while only movements 4 and 5 were taken from the original six movement Glassworks (1982). Track eight represents a single movement taken from the Akhnaten suite (1987). Admittedly, the abbreviated version of In the Upper Room does not work very well. Then again, I really did not mind too much because the music is fascinating. Of the two pieces my favorite is the more subdued and gloomy In the Upper Room, which emphasizes "classical" instrumentation.

In large part, the music on this album is very brooding, reflective, and dominated by woodwind, brass and string instruments. There are however, some extremely "rhythmically charged" moments where just percussion and synthesizers are used, e.g. Glasspiece No.3 Funeral from Akhnaten. The technique of the musicians on Glasspiece No. 3 is particularly dazzling. Melodies are also sprinkled throughout and add a lot to the texture of each piece. Total running time of the CD is 45'45" with In the Upper Room clocking in at approximately 23'25" and Glasspieces at 22'18". There are a number of musicians on both pieces and In the Upper Room includes conductor Michael Reisman on piano and synthesizers (it sounds like an Oberheim polyphonic and possibly a Yamaha CS80 polyphonic). Fortunately, the synthesizer tone colors are very warm and do not sound (too) synthetic in a 1980s way. In addition to the keyboardist, there are a number of string, brass, and woodwind players. Synthesizer use is much heavier on Glasspieces, although the second Glasspiece movement is dominated by strings and woodwinds and is very haunting (my personal favorite). Although nearly all instrumental music, the addition of voice (Dora Ohrenstein) on both pieces was a very nice touch.

All in all I found this compilation to be a great introduction to the works of minimalist composer Philip Glass. Although I had objections to the "butchered" version of In the Upper Room it really was not all that bad - in fact I am inspired to seek out the original. Recommended along with works by other minimalist composers including Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Lamonte Young.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bac7510) out of 5 stars Sort of a disappointment... March 29 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of works from the early-mid 80s, for ballet performance. However, two of these pieces were previously released on the "Glassworks" collection and as such fit better in their original context. And the cycle "In the Upper Room" is here not presented en toto...which is a major point of irritation, given the extended playing time of CDs. However, this is the only place you can find the ensemble version of the 'Funeral' from "Akhenaten", which was a show-stopper from Glass's ensemble concerts of the mid-80s. So, while this is a plus, the inclusion of the 'recycled' "Glassworks" tracks is annoying, and the chop-up of the "In the Upper Room" cycle should be considered criminal, and someone at CBS needs their head examined for continuing the vinyl sequencing present here. Boo. Hiss.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb63ba0) out of 5 stars A wonderful compilation of his compositions used in dance. July 5 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This inspiring assortment of Glass compositions gives this listener an understanding of how dance and movement work together. The pieces used Tharp's classic choreography to "The Upper Room" build to an ecstatic climax. This work is not to be missed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9be1e534) out of 5 stars GLASS GREAT AGAIN Jan. 4 2014
By Sophie Kahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While I don't like everything every composer I like creates, I love these pieces. Rhythmic for dancing even if only in your mind. Wonderful.
HASH(0x9ba9fc3c) out of 5 stars Dancepieces Dec 14 2007
By James B. Hoyt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dancepieces

Heard music from In the Upper Room performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle which was fantastic, but the music on this record does not come up to the quality of the ballet performance. Wonder where they got their recording but no other recording is listed anywhere. Too bad.



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