Glass: Symphony No. 3, etc.

Glass: Symphony No. 3, etc.

by Dennis Russell Davies
     
 
In his two best-known symphonies ("Low" and "Heroes"), Philip Glass worked his minimalist magic on the tunes of David Bowie and Brian Eno, with whom he naturally felt an ambient affinity. His Third Symphony (1995), receiving its premiere recording here, looks to an

Overview

In his two best-known symphonies ("Low" and "Heroes"), Philip Glass worked his minimalist magic on the tunes of David Bowie and Brian Eno, with whom he naturally felt an ambient affinity. His Third Symphony (1995), receiving its premiere recording here, looks to an entirely different tradition: the euphonious sound of the string orchestra, as explored in modern symphonies by the likes of William Schuman and Arthur Honegger and countless other works by composers from Bartók to Tippett. It's a congenial medium for Glass, creating a homogenous milieu for his placid repetitions. The symphony's heart is its third movement, where serenely cycling harmonies support a gradually thickening web of counterpoint; this is Glass's trademark style at its finest. Also making its overdue recorded premiere on this disc is "The Light" (1987), a more varied orchestral score with bright brass and piccolo embodying the luminosity of its title and a rhythmic impetus that choreographs the rays of light in sprightly dances. Between these major works, longtime Glass advocate Dennis Russell Davies brings us interludes from two of the composer's operas: a lively "Mechanical Ballet" from his 1992 Metropolitan Opera commission, "The Voyage," plus two excerpts from "the CIVIL warS" that surprisingly but unmistakably make reference to Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker." A must for Glass fans, this album will also prove to any doubters that the elegant restraint and simplicity of his style can embrace an ample expressive range.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597958126
catalogNumber:
79581

Tracks

  1. Symphony No.3, for strings  - Philip Glass  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Dennis Russell Davies  - Kurt Munkasci
  2. The CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, opera, Act V: the Rome section, opera: Interlude No.1  - Philip Glass  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Dennis Russell Davies  - Kurt Munkasci
  3. Mechanical Ballet from "The Voyage", ballet for orchestra  - Philip Glass  - Dennis Russell Davies  - Kurt Munkasci  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  4. The CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, opera, Act V: the Rome section, opera: Interlude No.2  - Philip Glass  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Dennis Russell Davies  - Kurt Munkasci
  5. The Light, for orchestra  - Philip Glass  - Dennis Russell Davies  - Kurt Munkasci  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

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