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|Philip Glass||Primary Artist, Keyboards|
|Foday Musa Suso||Kora|
|Richard Peck||Tenor Saxophone|
|Andrew Sterman||Flute, Piccolo|
|Philip Glass Ensemble||Ensemble|
|Philip Glass||Composer, Liner Notes|
|Don Christensen||Producer, Executive Producer|
|Kurt Munkasci||Producer, Executive Producer|
|Michael Riesman||Director, Music Direction|
|Philip Glass Ensemble||Liner Notes, Executive Producer|
|Cat Celebrezze||Publishing Coordinator|
Posted October 1, 2010
The music of Philip Glass usually polarizes listeners -- you either love it or hate it. I am firmly in the "love it" class, and I'd like to reach out to the other side and ask you to give Glass another chance.
"Orion" is perhaps the most accessible of Glass's works. There's more melody here than in most of his previous music, and the addition of the different world instruments gives the piece more tonal color than Glass usually uses. It's amazing how well Glass's electronics mix with sitar and the handmade instruments of Brazil's Ukati. And when everything comes together for the finale, "Greece," the music soars.
"Orion" is a magnificent musical experience, and you owe it to yourself to give it a listen. Even if you're not a Glass fan, you should be able to enjoy "Orion."