WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

American Classics - Glass: Violin Concerto, Etc / Anthony


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559056   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Adele Anthony
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


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 arpeggios at length until the quiet, serene coda
Read more 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 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Company by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Written: 1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin by Philip Glass
Performer:  Adele Anthony (Violin)
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland 
Length: 24 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Akhnaten: Prelude, Refrain and three Verses by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Akhnaten: Act 2, Scene 3 The City & Dance by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Company: I. -
Company: II. -
Company: III. -
Company: IV. -
Violin Concerto: I. -
Violin Concerto: II. -
Violin Concerto: III. -
Akhnaten: Prelude
Akhnaten: Dance (Act II Scene 3)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In