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Evelyn Glennie - Drumming


Release Date: 08/13/1996 
Label:  Catalyst   Catalog #: 68195   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis CauberghsEvelyn GlennieRoberto SierraAskell Másson,   ... 
Performer:  Evelyn GlenniePhilip Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A percussive tour de force from a premier percussionist. This album features bits for various solo trinkets as well as larger ensembles of instruments (still all played by Glennie, with the exception of a piano in "Halasana" and "Matre's Dance"). The music is all the more remarkable given that Glennie is deaf and feels the music through the floorboards to serve as feedback. "Halasana" is a thorough dialogue between the drum kit and the piano, and "Bongo-O" works through a number of methods on the bongos. "Prim" is a piece for solo snare drum, working through rhythmic cycles based on prime numbers, while "The Anvil Chorus" is a workout on a number of metal pieces. "To the Read more Earth" is played entirely on flower pots, "Pezzo da Concerto" focuses solely on the snare again, and "Matre's Dance" works through drums and piano dialogues in an ever-increasing rhythm based loosely upon a passage from Dune. Sprinkled throughout the album are interludes of Glennie improvising on any number of instruments: woodblocks, cymbals, the udu, the hi-hat, and more. Her virtuosity certainly isn't up for debate here, but for the newcomers to modern percussion music, eight minutes of solo snare drum might well become a bit tiresome. For the initiated, anything by Glennie is already marked with a sense of near-holiness, so this album is another in the line of successes for her, despite the probable lack of mainstream support that follows any sort of art music generally.

-- Adam Greenberg, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Halasana by Louis Cauberghs
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion), Philip Smith (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
2. Sorbets (7) by Evelyn Glennie
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
3. Bongo-O by Roberto Sierra
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Written: 1982 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
4. Prim by Askell Másson
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
5. The Anvil Chorus by David Lang
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
6. To the Earth by Frederic (Anthony) Rzewski
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Written: 1985 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
7. Pezzo da Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 by Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 
8. Matre's Dance by John Psathas
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Stu 

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