Philip Glass: La Belle et la Bête

Philip Glass: La Belle et la Bête

by Philip Glass
     
 
Glass transcends his usual soundtrack work this time by composing an opera dramatized by a film projected on a screen above the performers -- the film in question being Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Betê or Beauty and the Beast. This is truly a monumental accomplishment: music was composed and timed perfectly in sync with the

Overview

Glass transcends his usual soundtrack work this time by composing an opera dramatized by a film projected on a screen above the performers -- the film in question being Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Betê or Beauty and the Beast. This is truly a monumental accomplishment: music was composed and timed perfectly in sync with the action of the film and the artist toured major cities with this show. In live performance, the conductor conducts the piece with the film as metronome. The vocalists sing the dialogue spoken by the actors in this film, facing the screen while they do so -- creating the effect of breathing the words into the mouths of the actors on screen. Music is provided by the Philip Glass Ensemble and other auxiliary players. The recording itself is comprised of one solid block of music, varying little in dynamics or intensity, featuring Glass' usual series of arpeggios -- primarily synthesizer-driven. It is difficult to discern the voices of the characters from one another by listening to the recording only, and luckily the complete lyrics and translation are included with the recording. For those who have seen the spectacle of the live performance, the recording will be absolutely wonderful. On its own merits, the recording itself seems a little static -- all musical dynamics occur in the only in chord changes. A deluxe booklet is included with the full libretto, an interview, and stills from the film. ~ Mark W. B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/1995
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597934724
catalogNumber:
79347

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Glass   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Jon Gibson   Flute,Saxophone,Soprano (Vocal)
Martin Goldray   Keyboards
Richard Peck   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Gregory Purnhagen   Baritone (Vocal)
Michael Riesman   Conductor,Keyboards
Andrew Sterman   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone
Janice Felty   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Philip Glass Ensemble   Ensemble
John Kuether   Baritone (Vocal)
Eleanor Sandresky   Keyboards
Ana Maria Martinez   Soprano (Vocal)
Hallie Neill   Soprano (Vocal)
Zheng Zhou   Baritone (Vocal)
Henri Alekan   Conductor

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Composer
Kurt Munkasci   Producer
Michael Riesman   Musical Director,Synthesizer Arrangements
Alan Johnson   Vocal Coach
Jean Cocteau   Cover Art
James Law   Sound Effects
Rich Costey   Engineer
Konstanze Streese   Librettist
Amanda Riesman   Libretto Translation
Anne Pope   Engineer
Jonathan Cott   Liner Notes
John Gall   Graphic Design
Jonathan Ducket   Sound Effects
John Witte   Synthesizer Arrangements
MacDonald Quayle   Sound Effects
Lisa Glaeser   Librettist
Svjetlana Bukvic   Intern

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