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Of Beauty & Light - The Music Of Philip Glass


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8504040   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Philip GlassKrzysztof PendereckiConlon NancarrowJohn Cage,   ... 
Performer:  Mia WuCheryl SeltzerBoris BermanMaryse Castets,   ... 
Conductor:  Marin AlsopTakuo YuasaAntoni WitJoel Sachs,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraUlster OrchestraNational Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

VIOLIN CONCERTO, COMPANY, AKHNATEN: PRELUDE AND DANCE
"Naxos' exciting and important American Classics series now includes music of the present day, in this case three recent works by Philip Glass. The Violin Concerto, a work that (surprisingly) adheres to classical conventions, lures us in with beautiful, seductive harmonies. Glass relies both on his trademark arpeggiated technique (sounding in the first movement somewhat like Vivaldi's "Winter" concerto) and on his favorite harmonic progressions to suggest a sustained melodic line. In the first two movements Glass' carefully timed harmonic and rhythmic shifts keep you in a happy daze. He breaks the mood in the finale, however, leaving the soloist to practice
Read more arpeggios at length until the quiet, serene coda steals in. Adele Anthony, who plays with the kind of skill and grace we would expect in a Mozart concerto, brings off Glass' work with consummate, convincing musicianship. Company (music for Becket's prose) for string orchestra is in four movements, characterized by stimulating changes in time signature and rhythm. The Prelude and Dance from Akhnaten, Glass' third opera, sound exceedingly repetitious without the opera's spoken dramatic narrative, but of course, this won't bother committed Glass fans who will find much to cherish in this recording. Newcomers, too, will enjoy this tuneful if unchallenging music, which benefits from the characterful playing of the Ulster Orchestra under Takuo Yuasa's keen leadership. The sound is excellent. Another home-run from Naxos." --Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com

SYMPHONIES 2 & 3
"I wholeheartedly recommend this release, and again salute Philip Glass for doing it his way. The music deserves the widest exposure and popularity, and it deepens with acquaintance. This Naxos CD transformed my opinion of these works." --Paul Ingram, FANFARE

THE LIGHT, HEROES SYMPHONY
"Although Glass stays firmly in accustomed tracks the musical experience engages and draws you in. His potent way with hypno-rhythmic tonal writing continues visceral and in full spate." --Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Light by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Akhnaten: Prelude by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Heroes Symphony by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Length: 51 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Penderecki
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Poland 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Toccata for Violin and Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow
Performer:  Mia Wu (Violin), Cheryl Seltzer (Piano)
Conductor:  Joel Sachs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Mexico 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Interlude no 1 by John Cage
Performer:  Boris Berman (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1948; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Quattro Pezzi su una nota sola (Four Pieces on Only One Note), for 25 musicians: 2. by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor:  Hans Zender
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
In C by Terry Riley
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Copenhagen,  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Déserts by Edgard Varèse
Performer:  Maryse Castets (Electronics)
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1950-54; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death: Death-Drone 2 by George Crumb
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet: no 3, Allegro grazioso by György Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albert Schweitzer Woodwind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Pieces (5) for Accordion, Violin and Cello "Silenzio": no 2 by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Kathrin Rabus (Violin), Maria Kliegel (Cello), Elsbeth Moser (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
13.
Beta by Jorgen Plaetner
Performer:  Jorgen Plaetner (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Denmark (1962 - 1963). 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 45: 1st movement, Con grandezza by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Laura Mikkola (Piano)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Fratres by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Tamás Benedek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1980; Estonia 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
16.
Nachtstücke (5) for violin and piano: no 1, Elegie by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Aaron Shorr (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
Symphony no 3 by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 18 Secs. 
18.
Symphony no 2 by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 43 Minutes 5 Secs. 
19.
Company by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Written: 1983; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
20.
Concerto for Violin by Philip Glass
Performer:  Adele Anthony (Violin)
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 24 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21.
Lightenings no 8 by Charles Wuorinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993-1994; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
22.
Shaker Loops: A Final Shaking by John Adams
Performer:  Nathan Gunn (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
23.
Akhnaten: Dance by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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