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Philip Glass: Portrait
     

Philip Glass: Portrait

by Angèle Dubeau
 
Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau and her ensemble La Pietà pay homage to Philip Glass with this disc of some of his music for strings, plus arrangements of other works of his. The arrangements are by Michael Reisman, who has collaborated closely with Glass since the period of "Einstein on the Beach," so they are idiomatic and persuasively

Overview

Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau and her ensemble La Pietà pay homage to Philip Glass with this disc of some of his music for strings, plus arrangements of other works of his. The arrangements are by Michael Reisman, who has collaborated closely with Glass since the period of "Einstein on the Beach," so they are idiomatic and persuasively transfer the works to a new medium. Two of his arrangements, the Overture to "La Belle et la Bête" and "The Hours Suite," taken from the film soundtrack, include an amplified arsenal of instruments, including piano, harp, and celeste. It's a particularly felicitous combination of instruments for Glass' music and makes those pieces really shimmer. The works originally for string quartet, "Mishima (String Quartet No. 3)" and "Company (String Quartet No. 2)" are played here by string ensemble, and they make the transition to the larger group with exceptional grace; it could in fact be argued that the music is better suited to the sonorities of a chamber orchestra than a quartet. Dubeau and La Pietà play Glass' music with a nuanced expressiveness that should dispel any lingering thoughts that Glass could be considered a mechanical composer. The lyrically moody "Closing" is especially lovely, and this performance is even more warmly engaging than the original version on the composer's 1981 album Glassworks. The sound is clean and intimate.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Analekta
UPC:
0774204872724
catalogNumber:
28727
Rank:
122515

Tracks

  1. La Belle et la Bête, opera: Ouverture
  2. The Hours, film score: Movement 1
  3. The Hours, film score: Movement 2
  4. The Hours, film score: Movement 3
  5. String Quartet No.3 "Mishima": 1934-Grandmother and Kimitake
  6. String Quartet No.3 "Mishima": 1962-Body Building
  7. String Quartet No.3 "Mishima": Blood Oath
  8. String Quartet No.3 "Mishima": Mishima/Closing
  9. The Secret Agent, film score for chamber ensemble
  10. Echorus, for 2 violins & string orchestra
  11. String Quartet No.2 "Company"
  12. Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble or piano: Closing

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