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Glass: Heroes Symphony / Davies, American Composers Orchestra

Release Date: 01/16/1997 
Label:  Point Music   Catalog #: 454388   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philip Glass
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Composers Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Philip Glass' Heroes Symphony has led an interesting double life as an abstract concert work and as a ballet, perhaps because its suite-like form and sectional scheme allow for such a transition. It would not be difficult to imagine this evocative music also serving as a soundtrack, much like Glass' Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, since its progression from one plateau to the next, without transitions or trajectory, is similar to those scores. Heroes is not a symphony in the strictest sense because its six movements do not follow the form's conventions, nor do they involve development. Yet as a sophisticated example of "symphonic rock," based as it is on the songs of David Bowie and Brian Eno, Heroes breaks new ground as a hybrid of Read more popular music and accessible minimalism and may point to new possibilities for orchestral works of the future. Low Symphony, also derived from songs by Bowie and Eno, is closer to symphonic norms since its three movements are cast in longer molds and its themes are developed rather fluidly and expansively, albeit within the tonal confines of Glass' minimalism. Dennis Russell Davies leads the American Composers Orchestra in Heroes and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in Low, producing two brilliant performances that make a good pair.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com
reviewing Heroes Symphony and Low Symphony, previously reissued together as Philips 475075
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Works on This Recording

Heroes Symphony by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Composers Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Venue:  Looking Glass Studios, New York City 
Length: 43 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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