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Brooklyn Rider plays Philip Glass
The New York based string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs the complete Philip Glass string quartets together with a world premiere recording of Glass’s score to the 1997 film BENT. The quartets include his scores to Beckett’s play Company and a film on the life of writer Yukio Mishima.
“these performances have been meticulously prepared, as you'd expect from the recording division of Glass's own published company.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011
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Glass - String Quartets Nos. 1-4
Although Philip Glass came late to the string quartet, his contribution to the genre has since become a significant one.
This disc features the first four of his five quartets, ranging from the uncharacteristic yet fascinating sound-world of the First, through the compact dimensions of the subsequent two (themselves derived from theatre and film scores).
The more expansive manner of his Fourth Quartet makes allusions to the formidable string quartet heritage, in particular those of Schubert and Dvorák.
“...the Carducci String Quartet were stunning...they are clearly musicians of high intelligence.” The Times
“By performing these works with an intense and focused detachment, the Carduccis allow the music simply to speak for itself. They also get it right on the only work which demands a degree of emotional intensity - the early, proto-minimalist String Quartet No. 1” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010
“...this CD has some beautiful and moving inventions...The soft dissonant tracery of the early First Quartet is an intriguing surprise...The Carducci Quartet’s performances are a marvel of sensitivity, and the recorded sound has a lovely soft glow.” Sunday Telegraph, 4th July 2010 ****
“Stripped of Glass's familiar thudding keyboards and ethereal voices, yet inhabiting that same oscillating sound world, these quartets have their own beguiling power...Admirably played by the Carduccis and at budget price.” The Observer, 20th June 2010
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Glass - Complete String Quartets
The complete string quartets of Philip Glass played by the Smith Quartet, recorded last year for the composer's 70th birthday.There
are 5 string quartets in total and they don't fit on one CD so this will be two discs in a slim line double but charged as if it were just
one CD - what a bargain.
“If success was measured according to output and sales units alone, Glass would be head and shoulders above his contemporaries. His compositions for conventional combinations, including the five string quartets included on this disc, have already appeared on recordings by the Kronos and Duke quartets, but the Smith Quartet have been the first to release the complete cycle.
Quartets Nos 2 to 5, written between 1983 and 1991, form a neat and consistent set, from the enigmatic, introspective Second, via the expressive Third and quirkily bitonal Fourth, to the neo-romantic, almost Tchaikovskian opening gesture of the Fifth. The Smith Quartet's thoughtful and measured performance allows subtle metric, linear and textural features to rise unassumingly to the surface, enhanced on this recording by a clear, balanced stereo image, and played with characteristic precision and projection by the ensemble.
The First Quartet is something of an anomaly, however. Written soon after Glass's studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris during the mid-1960s, it has been viewed either as a transitional work of marginal interest or a potent symbol of Glass's emerging minimalist style. What connects this work with later Glass – at least more than the Cageian silence – is the work's obsessive preoccupation with cyclical repetition, although the accompanying atonally charged atmosphere seems light years away from the lush harmonies of the Fifth Quartet.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“The Smith Quartet's thoughtful and measured performance allows subtle metric, linear and textural features to rise unassumingly to the surface, enhanced on this recording by a clear, balanced stereo image, and played with characteristic precision and projection by the ensemble.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2008
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Glass Box - A Nonesuch Retrospective
Music in Contrary Motion
Music With Changing Parts
Music in Similar Motion
Music in Twelve Parts
Einstein on the Beach (Highlights)
String Quartet No. 2 'Company'
String Quartet No. 4 'Buczak'
String Quartet No. 5
Etude No. 2
Etude No. 3
Etude No. 5
Etude No. 9
Selections from The Civil Wars
Symphony No. 5
Akhnaten and Hydrogen Jukebox
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 8
Filmworks, selections from: Mishima, The Secret Agent, Kundun, Anima Mundi, La Belle et la Bête, The Thin Blue Line, Dracula, The Fog of War, Candyman, The Truman Show, The Hours
Dressed Like An Egg
This elegantly packaged 10-disc retrospective surveys four decades of work by Philip Glass, from his earliest solo pieces to his world-renowned operas to his Oscar-nominated film scores. In music, words and pictures, it traces the evolution, as critic Tim Page puts it in his liner notes essay, of ‘The first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music - simultaneously.’ The long-awaited release of this set follows the triumphal new staging of Glass’s 1980 Satyagraha – ‘A landmark in Minimalism,’ praised the New York Times – by English National Opera in 2007 and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in 2008, excerpted here from a 1985 studio recording.
The Glass Box opens with the composer’s groundbreaking solo work, the originally self-released Music In Contrary Motion, which first generated buzz among the composer’s fellow musicians, visual artists and writers and the more intrepid concert-goers in his adopted home of New York City. It continues with excerpts from Einstein On The Beach, his downright revolutionary collaboration with theatrical maestro Robert Wilson, an epic work that catapulted Glass onto the world stage as a major composer. That, of course, was just the beginning: Glass Box includes a selection of the composer’s ‘Glassworks’, short pieces written for his ensemble; excerpts from the trilogy of hypnotic sound-and-image spectacles created with filmmaker Geoffrey Reggio, starting with Koyaanisqatsi; string quartets he composed for label-mates and friends Kronos Quartet; and examples of his recent symphonic work, among many, many other pieces.
Collaboration and community have always been central to Glass’s approach, and the appreciations offered by his fellow artists in the almost 200-page book included in this set illustrate the depth of his influence, the range of his interests and the strengths of his friendships. The contributors include Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, choreographer Molissa Fenley, Glass Ensemble pianist Michael Riesman, and Paul Simon. Nonesuch label head Robert Hurwitz offers a candid account of how Glass became a cornerstone of the label roster in the eighties; Keith Potter takes an erudite look at the technical intricacies of how Glass created his sound; and Tim Page offers a biography of Glass, from the perspective of friend and fan. The composer’s longtime colleague, the artist Chuck Close, selected the artwork for each of the individual discs; Close and other artists - Francesco Clemente, Annie Liebovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Wilson - interpret Glass’s image for each side of the cube in which the discs are encased.
Page calls his biographical essay an “interim report”, since the hard-working 71 year-old composer continues to write new music every day and travels the world to perform with his ensemble, give solo concerts, and present new works, such as Book Of Longing, his 2007 collaboration with poetsongwriter Leonard Cohen. By looking back, Glass Box presents the story of a life - and work - in progress. As Martin Scorsese says of Philip Glass in the notes, “His music is grounded and transporting at the same time, eastern and western, dark yet luminous. It has the pulse of life, and it carries the spirit of acceptance, as well as the longing for transcendence.”
‘Few composers of our time have dismantled the barriers between the music of the people and the music of the elite more consistently and creatively than Philip Glass. His achievement is massive.’ Guardian
‘The most powerful composer of our time… what Glass is doing is changing the face of music for our time and all time.’ Daily Telegraph
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