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Glass: Metamorphosis, The Hours / Lavinia Meijer


Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 33912  
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Lavinia Meijer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you’ve got insomnia, then this disc is for you. Philip Glass’ piano music is, how shall we say, placid at best. Arrange it for harp and it becomes positively tranquilizing. Not that this is a bad thing. Lavinia Meijer is a fabulous harpist, with a silky touch and a voluptuous timbre, and she’s stunningly well recorded in SACD surround sound (if that’s your pleasure). Besides, insomnia is serious, and it’s no insult to Meijer or Glass to suggest that this music might be put to good use, whether for relaxation or as a warm and comforting background to some other activity (a romantic dinner?).

Musically speaking all three works here sound pretty much the same: attractive sequences of chords endlessly repeated; brief melodic
Read more fragments backed by simple ostinatos; never anything disturbing. The Hours has movement titles that promise a certain level of excitement—The Poet Acts, I’m Going to Make a Cake, An Unwelcome Friend—but very little of note breaks Glass’ generally unruffled surfaces. Know what you’re getting and you’re sure to enjoy this beautifully played and recorded, if somewhat specialized, disc. Put it on and take a bubble bath.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Glassworks: Opening by Philip Glass
Performer:  Lavinia Meijer (Harp)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1981; United States of Ame 
2. Metamorphoses (5) by Philip Glass
Performer:  Lavinia Meijer (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
3. The Hours: Suite by Philip Glass
Performer:  Lavinia Meijer (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  5 Customer Reviews )
 Glass on the Harp March 14, 2013 By Christopher FOGG (HAWES, North Yorkshire) See All My Reviews "This is an excellent recording and performance and matches well with the photo of Lavinia Meijer on the cover. It's soothing and contemplative and as minimalist music goes is very easy on the ear. It takes you off into a spiritual world of harmony and peace. Well worth the experience... Thanks. Chris Fogg." Report Abuse
 A delightful listen February 26, 2013 By Matthew J MacKay (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) See All My Reviews "Glass' music lends itself to the harp, and this album is a pleasure to listen to. I almost did not buy this after watching the silly video on the site. But I am glad I did. It is very listenable. I can't judge the performance or level of skill as I'm no expert. But I can recommend this as a welcome addition to your library." Report Abuse
 A real Find February 18, 2013 By Adrian D R. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews "This recording combines the talents of Philip Glass with Lavina Meijer's harp. The result is both a perfect background of relaxing sound as well as specific pieces that make one listen and enjoy. Recommended." Report Abuse
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