Philip Glass : Portrait
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Minimalism and postminimalism. It would be hopelessly reductive to sum up the particularly fertile oeuvre of Philip Glass—one of America’s most celebrated contemporary composers—with these two words. With this recording, Angèle Dubeau strives to paint a dramatic portrait of the composer through some of his most significant works for strings.
Minimalisme, post minimalisme : il serait inutilement réducteur de résumer en ces deux seuls termes l’oeuvre particulièrement fertile de Philip Glass, l’un des compositeurs américains contemporains les plus salués. Angèle Dubeau a souhaité tracer ici un portrait de l’artiste le plus saisissant possible, à travers certaines de ses oeuvres les plus significatives impliquant les cordes.
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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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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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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.
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).
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