Piano Music of Philip Glass

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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
This CD presents several piano works by Philip Glass, played with grace and enthusiasm by Aleck Karis. "Wichita Vortex Sutra" 1988 was inspired by the poem of the same title by Allen Ginsburg from 1966, which alternates between images of a road across the U.S. and a protest against the war in Vietnam. The basis of the music is a simple Protestant-like hymn tune with chromatic passing tones. This is treated to rhythmic syncopation and, at other times, is surrounded by quickly arpeggiated patterns. "The Metamorphosis" 1988, with the title from Kafka's famous work, is in five movements. Each movement has simple melodies and a simple set of chords, usually four in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
This CD presents several piano works by Philip Glass, played with grace and enthusiasm by Aleck Karis. "Wichita Vortex Sutra" 1988 was inspired by the poem of the same title by Allen Ginsburg from 1966, which alternates between images of a road across the U.S. and a protest against the war in Vietnam. The basis of the music is a simple Protestant-like hymn tune with chromatic passing tones. This is treated to rhythmic syncopation and, at other times, is surrounded by quickly arpeggiated patterns. "The Metamorphosis" 1988, with the title from Kafka's famous work, is in five movements. Each movement has simple melodies and a simple set of chords, usually four in number, with chromatic changes between them. These "changes" happen through the addition of a chord or other simple alteration. The pieces are moved along to the accompaniment of a plain two-note rotating figure. In "Mad Rush" 1981, various doublings and polyrhythms are superimposed and then subtracted at various points, which gives a rushing or slowing effect without any actual change in tempo. "Opening" 1982 is similar to other Glass pieces with flowing rhythms, but has a rich series of quite lovely chord progressions. The concluding "Modern Love Waltz" 1977 has an arpeggio-like melody over a Spanish fandango-like alternation of two major chords up and down a minor second A major to B flat major.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Romeo Records
  • UPC: 675754253325
  • Catalog Number: 7204
  • Sales rank: 249,955

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano - Philip Glass & Aleck Karis (7:12)
  2. 2–6 Metamorphosis, for piano - Philip Glass & Aleck Karis (31:07)
  3. 3 Mad Rush, for piano (or organ) - Philip Glass & Aleck Karis (15:41)
  4. 4 Opening, for chamber ensemble or piano - Philip Glass & Aleck Karis (5:11)
  5. 5 Modern Love Waltz, for piano (or chamber ensemble) - Philip Glass & Aleck Karis (3:54)
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Aleck Karis Primary Artist
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