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Glass: Glassworks; Music In Similar Motion / Riesman, Lubman, Signal

Glass / Riesman,Michael / Signal / Lubman
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Orange Mountain Music   Catalog #: 73   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Michael Riesman
Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Signal (Chamber Ensemble)
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This music was written for the recording studio, though a number of the pieces soon found their way into the Philip Glass Ensemble repertory. A six-'movement' work, Glassworks was intended to introduce my music to a more general audience than had been familiar with it up to then."

- Philp Glass

"...Glassworks was a footnote in Mr. Glass’s catalog until last year, when Brad Lubman and his enterprising new-music band, Signal, decided to revive it in anticipation of its 30th anniversary. Michael Riesman, Mr. Glass’s keyboardist and music director, produced a fresh orchestration, with lines originally played on electronic keyboards transferred to woodwinds and horns. When Signal performed the work in
Read more April at Le Poisson Rouge, Mr. Riesman played the central piano part. This CD was recorded at that concert.

In...the original studio recording...Mr. Glass and his ensemble took the pieces at tempos consistently brisker than Mr. Lubman’s...What the Signal performance has going for it is the electricity and the give and take of a live performance. And if the slower tempos sacrifice something in mechanistic energy in fast movements like “Rubric,” they yield an attractive lyricism in the dreamier “Floe” and “Facades.”

Mr. Lubman and company also include a vigorous performance of “Music in Similar Motion” (1969), an intricate, mesmerizing work that makes “Glassworks” sound almost Neo-Romantic."

– Allan Kozinn, The New York Times [2/4/11]
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Works on This Recording

1. Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble or piano by Philip Glass
Performer:  Michael Riesman (Keyboards), Michael Riesman (Piano)
Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Signal (Chamber Ensemble)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1981; United States of Ame 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2010 
Venue:  Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY 
Length: 41 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2. Music in Similar Motion by Philip Glass
Performer:  Michael Riesman (Keyboards), Michael Riesman (Piano)
Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Signal (Chamber Ensemble)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2010 
Venue:  Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY 
Length: 22 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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