Philip Glass: Theater Music Archive, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Except for his string quartets, Philip Glass' chamber music for non-electronic instruments is rarely performed, so it's a pleasure to have two substantial examples of his music for chamber ensembles on this Orange Mountain release. The first volume of Glass' Theater Music includes incidental music he wrote for David Henry Hwang's The Sound of a Voice, produced by the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, in 2003, and for Jane Bowles' wife of composer Paul Bowles 1953 play In the Summer House, produced by the Lincoln Center Theater in 1993, directed by JoAnne Akalatis. The earlier work has the hallmarks of a traditional Glass score -- a tonal language, repeated patterns,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Except for his string quartets, Philip Glass' chamber music for non-electronic instruments is rarely performed, so it's a pleasure to have two substantial examples of his music for chamber ensembles on this Orange Mountain release. The first volume of Glass' Theater Music includes incidental music he wrote for David Henry Hwang's The Sound of a Voice, produced by the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, in 2003, and for Jane Bowles' wife of composer Paul Bowles 1953 play In the Summer House, produced by the Lincoln Center Theater in 1993, directed by JoAnne Akalatis. The earlier work has the hallmarks of a traditional Glass score -- a tonal language, repeated patterns, and rhythmic regularity. The music for the Hwang play is not immediately recognizable as a piece by Glass, but some sections use characteristic patterns. Written for the very attractive ensemble of pipa, flute, violin, cello, and percussion, its more complex harmonic language and structural and contrapuntal variety mark a departure from the sound for which the composer is best known, and make it a more conventionally expressive score. The novelty of the small instrumental ensembles makes it easy to hear Glass' music in a fresh way. The instrumental ensembles play with warm tone and sensitivity to the scores' subtleties. The sound is clear and intimate.
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  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Orange Mountain
  • UPC: 801837004427
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 169,660

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Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sound of a Voice, instrumental suite from the opera - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (19:27)
  2. 2–19 In the Summer House, incidental music (Bowles) - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (34:11)
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