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Glass: Naqoyqatsi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Naqoyqatsi wraps up Godfrey Reggio's "Qatsi" trilogy in a big way, at least as far as the film's score is concerned. Minimalist composer Philip Glass has been the voice of the innovative documentary series since it began in 1983 with Koyaanisqatsi and continued with 1988's Powaqqatsi, his characteristic style of mechanical rhythms, static harmonies, and broken-chord figuration enhancing the powerful, collage-like imagery of the films. Glass is an old hand at writing soundtracks a five-disc set on Nonesuch collects this music, yet with Naqoyqatsi, he adds a new element: a solo cello, played by the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma. The result -- at least when heard apart from the ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Naqoyqatsi wraps up Godfrey Reggio's "Qatsi" trilogy in a big way, at least as far as the film's score is concerned. Minimalist composer Philip Glass has been the voice of the innovative documentary series since it began in 1983 with Koyaanisqatsi and continued with 1988's Powaqqatsi, his characteristic style of mechanical rhythms, static harmonies, and broken-chord figuration enhancing the powerful, collage-like imagery of the films. Glass is an old hand at writing soundtracks a five-disc set on Nonesuch collects this music, yet with Naqoyqatsi, he adds a new element: a solo cello, played by the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma. The result -- at least when heard apart from the film's imagery -- is a kind of minimalist cello concerto, for Ma's expressive presence is heard throughout the score, backed by members of the Philip Glass Ensemble and a full orchestra. The 11 sections range in style from the intensely rhythmic "Primacy of Numbers," "Point Blank" to the atmospheric and ethereal "New World," "Old World" to the delicately lyrical "Religion," "Media Weather". "The Vivid Unknown" is the musical high point, acting as a kind of cadenza for Ma. Largely unaccompanied, it is highly expressive music that suggests the solo cello works of Bach and Britten. "Definition" closes the score as it began: with voices eerily intoning "Naqoyqatsi," the ominous thumping of a beating heart, dark orchestral chords, and, soaring above, the lovely lyric lines of Ma's solo cello.
Gramophone - Ivan Moody
The performance is superb and beautifully recorded. Nobody wth an interest in Glass should hesitate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998770928
  • Catalog Number: 87709
  • Sales rank: 74,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Naqoyqatsi - Philip Glass Ensemble (7:56)
  2. 2 Primacy of Number - Philip Glass Ensemble (6:52)
  3. 3 Massman - Philip Glass Ensemble (9:48)
  4. 4 New World - Philip Glass Ensemble (3:04)
  5. 5 Religion - Philip Glass Ensemble (9:01)
  6. 6 Media Weather - Philip Glass Ensemble (7:54)
  7. 7 Old World - Philip Glass Ensemble (3:08)
  8. 8 Intensive Time - Philip Glass Ensemble (8:09)
  9. 9 Point Blank - Philip Glass Ensemble (11:17)
  10. 10 The Vivid Unknown - Philip Glass Ensemble (7:08)
  11. 11 Definition - Philip Glass Ensemble (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Cello
Timothy Malosh Flute, Piccolo
Frank Cassara Percussion
Dan Levine Trombone
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
James Pugh Trombone
Dean Plank Trombone
William Rohdin Trumpet
Lorraine Cohen Trumpet
Francis Bonny Trumpet
Alfred Brown Violin
Joyce Hammann Violin
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Nancy McAlhany Violin
Jan Mullen Violin
Marti Sweet Violin
Anahid Ajemian Violin
Linda Quan Violin
Albert De Ruiter Bass (Vocal)
Frank Morelli Bassoon
Richard Locker Cello
Marisol Espada Cello
David Calhoun Cello
Virgil Blackwell Bass Clarinet
Michael Riesman Conductor, Keyboards
Susan Jolles Harp
Shelley Woodworth English Horn, Oboe
Sharon Moe Horn
Richard Peck Tenor Saxophone
Alan Raph Bass Trombone
Jill Jaffe Viola
Lois Martin Viola
Masako Yanagita Viola
Linda Moss Viola
Mark Atkins Didjeridu
Paul Houghtaling Baritone (Vocal)
Lisa Bielawa Soprano (Vocal)
Alexandra Montano Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Joseph Bongiorno Double Bass
John Moses Clarinet
Technical Credits
Philip Glass Composer, Liner Notes
Kurt Munkasci Producer
John Weston Engineer
Godfrey Reggio Liner Notes
Jim Keller Executive Producer
Lisa Sparagano Art Direction
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