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Ann Southam: Glass Houses Revisited


Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Centrediscs   Catalog #: 16511   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ann Southam
Performer:  Christina Petrowska Quilico
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SOUTHAM Glass Houses Revisited Christina Petrowska Quilico (pn) CENTREDISCS CMCCD 16511 (58:10)


Glass Houses Nos. 1–7, 9, 13


This disc consists of nine selections from a larger group written by the late Canadian composer Ann Southam, who died in 2010 shortly after working on this music. The choices were made by the composer and the pianist, her longtime friend and fellow Canadian Petrowska Quilico, who also helped to edit Read more the music, originally penned in 1981 and published as Glass Houses. The new edition is thus Glass Houses Revisited. The title is a pun and an homage to the music of Philip Glass, but although her pieces broadly mimic his characteristic rhythmic overlappings, Southam adds a number of touches to make the music her own. Her music tends to be more tuneful than that of Glass, and more apt to look backward at historical sources, especially Baroque dance forms. The composer’s own brief notes, which were left uncompleted at the time of her death, also credit Canadian East Coast fiddle music as a source of inspiration. Glass is thus more of a pure Minimalist, but Southam’s music is more accessible, sunnier, and dare I say it, more likable. The fascinating cascading figures are there, but with a bit more seasoning for taste. This material holds up well to repeated hearings.


Petrowska Quilico has championed Southam’s music for many years. Her playing here is a marvel; as is often the case with so-called Minimalist music, the writing is much more difficult to play than it seems to the casual listener. The coordination of the quicksilver rhythmic shifts requires intense concentration and much of the music is fast and relatively quiet at once, a great technical challenge that recalls the etudes of Chopin and Liszt. Quilico calls her fingers “whirling dervishes” when playing the Glass Houses. She brings it off brilliantly, adding no little warmth as well.


FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

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Glass Houses Revisited, for piano by Ann Southam
Performer:  Christina Petrowska Quilico (Piano)
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto 
Length: 56 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Reviews from Magazines for Glass Houses Revisited October 15, 2016 By Christina Q. See All My Reviews "time best-sellers) “**** This is nothing short of miraculous. Toronto pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico elevates to poetry the complex musical loops created by Ann Southam. …That Petrowska Quilico can perform these nine pieces is an achievement in itself; that it makes for mesmerizing listening is the magic of art.” – John Terauds, Toronto Star “**** Revisiting the late Ann Southam’s Glass Houses is like running into old friends…. It might seem that all this pattern music would start to sound the same, but Southam – who saw it as a metaphor for the repetitive nature of “women’s work” – made each of her (generally consonant) harmonic landscapes absolutely distinctive. Most are affably, gently intriguing; some are ebullient…. Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, who revised and edited Glass Houses with Southam’s endorsement, performs them with virtuoso precision, taking advantage of all the piano’s resources – warmth, resonance, pedalling, dynamics. Quilico’s interpretation is less brittle, less abstract than we might expect; it’s also more sensuous, as if those metaphorical women were getting more pleasure from their work.” – Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail “When meshed with the swirling ostinato figures the music has the trance magic of the very best minimalist works, yet utterly original, utterly Southam-esque. This is by no means easy music to play properly, in spite of the diatonics. Christina Petrowska Quilico gives them a combination of legato lyricism and a rhythmic swing that make of the music all it should be. Volume one covers nine of the ‘Glass Houses’ movements, each one a miniature of happy complexities and lyrical drive. Here is a wonderful place to start if you don't know Ann Southam's music. If you already do it is more for you, most dedicatedly performed and exciting as well as reassuring. RIP, Ann Southam. May your music delight our ears in the centuries ahead!” – Grego Applegate Edwards, http://classicalmodernmusic.blogspot.ca “The choices were made by the composer and the pianist, her longtime friend and fellow Canadian Christina Petrowska Quilico, who also helped to edit the music….Petrowska Quilico[’]s … playing…is a marvel: as is often the case with so-called Minimalist music, the writing is much more difficult to play than it seems to the casual listener. The coordination of the quicksilver rhythmic shifts requires intense concentration and much of the music is fast and relatively quiet at once, a great technical challenge that recalls the etudes of Chopin and Liszt. Quilico calls her “whirling dervishes” when playing the Glass Houses. She brings it off brilliantly, adding no little warmth as well.” – Peter Burwasser, Fanfare “Southam, as she neared death in 2010, praised Petrowska Quilico for the way she performed these works: “They’re your pieces for sure.” I can’t disagree, based on what I am hearing here.” – Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare “There is considerable subtlety in Petrowska Quilico’s performance: light and shade, changes in dynamic, even of tempo, and plenty of characterization – I am tempted to use that old cliche about the art that conceals art. Unlike most Minimalist music in which expressiveness is kept to a minimum, Petrowska Quilico goes for it, even though all but No. 13 are radiantly sunny. Not only are the pieces technically extremely difficult, but they could so easily die in unsympathetic hands. However, clearly, for all sorts of reasons – not least Petrowska Quilico’s pianistic skills – one cannot imagine this performance being bettered.” ¬– Jeremy Marchant, Fanfare “Enjoyable and easy to listen to, this is minimalist-inspired music that goes beyond that simple ‘moniker’. The music is excellently played. This is an attractive album that will interest fans of minimalism. A fine recording of minimalist-inspired piano pieces that combine motion and speed in a unique musical language.” – Kirk McElhearn, MusicWeb International “I spent a pleasant hour listening to Glass Houses Revisited. Christina Petrowska Quilico plays the nine piano etudes she selected and edited by the late Ann Southam.....charming album…” – Stanley Fefferman, OpusOne “***** La pianiste joue avec toute la sérénité, la joie de vivre et la précision attendues. Un bonheur...une excellente initiation pour ceux qui croient ne PAS aimer la musique contemporaine canadienne.” – Réjean Beaucage, La Scena Musicale TRANSLATION : “The pianist plays with all the expected serenity, the joie de vivre and precision. A delight…an excellent initiation for those who believe they don’t like contemporary Canadian music.” – Réjean Beaucage, La Scena Musicale" Report Abuse
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