Glass: Music in Fifths, Two Pages

Glass: Music in Fifths, Two Pages

by Bang On A Can
     
 

Fans of Bang on a Can and Philip Glass may grab "5ths" impulsively, but all others should approach this disc with caution. "Music in Fifths" and "Two Pages" may be classic Glass works, from 1969 and 1968, respectively, and their place in the development of his style of minimalist music is undeniable. However, "Music in Fifths" is austereSee more details below

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Fans of Bang on a Can and Philip Glass may grab "5ths" impulsively, but all others should approach this disc with caution. "Music in Fifths" and "Two Pages" may be classic Glass works, from 1969 and 1968, respectively, and their place in the development of his style of minimalist music is undeniable. However, "Music in Fifths" is austere and edgy, and the emphasis on tight ensemble playing in parallel fifths puts a premium on the group's physical stamina. But the music is relentless and tiring after the first few minutes. The rapid, repetitive melody in organum voicing changes slightly over the course of 24 minutes, but only the most persevering listener will be able to detect the subtle rhythmic shifting. "Two Pages" may offer a change of color and texture, but the relief is brief indeed, for this piece runs on its narrow pitch material for 27 minutes, without significant changes other than the shortening or elongation of cycles. These pieces are among Glass' most severe works, and come well before the comparatively lush pattern pieces of the late '70s and the neo-Romantic scores of the 1980s. Before playing this disc, turn the volume to a safe mid-level, because the recording is alarmingly hot.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Cantaloupe
UPC:
0713746289324
catalogNumber:
21016
Rank:
194264

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  1. Music in Fifths, for ensemble  - Philip Glass  - Julia Wolfe  - Evan Ziporyn  - Michael Zev Gordon  - David Lang  - Robert Black  - Lisa Moore  - Mark Stewart  -  Bang On A Can  - David Cossin  - Kenny Savelson  - Michael Gordon  - Wendy Sutter  - Dvid Lang  - Robert Wilson Black
  2. Two Pages, for piano (or electric keyboard)  - Philip Glass  - Julia Wolfe  - Evan Ziporyn  - Michael Zev Gordon  - David Lang  - Robert Black  - Lisa Moore  - Mark Stewart  -  Bang On A Can  - David Cossin  - Kenny Savelson  - Michael Gordon  - Wendy Sutter  - Dvid Lang  - Robert Wilson Black

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