- Cello Concerto
Philip Glass: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1by Wendy Sutter
The divergent paths chosen by minimalism's pioneers in later life are endlessly fascinating. Philip Glass has chosen to interpret minimalism in the most populist way, finding widespread performances for many of his ten concertos for solo instrument and orchestra. Whether or not you like these works is likely to depend on what you thought of Glass in the first place, but what's intriguing about them is the way they derive the impression of historical styles from Glass' basic arpeggios and large areas of harmonic stasis. Several of the concertos have explored the affinity between minimalism and the Baroque; this cello concerto is a nifty three-movement work in which late Romantic style -- think Dvorák -- is drawn out of typical Glass material in several different ways. Sample the opening movement, where the cello part (mostly intertwined with the orchestra rather than aggressively soloistic) evolves from arpeggio into melody, punctuated by stopping points and various gestures. This concerto had the bad fortune to have its premiere planned for October 2001; the premiere went ahead in China, but the U.S. premiere did not take place until 2007, with the present cellist, Wendy Sutter, as the soloist. She has championed several of Glass' works and is well attuned to his style. The concerto stands alone on this disc, resulting in a sparse sub-34-minute program, but Glass fans will enjoy it. The sound, recorded at the Casa de la Música in Quito, Ecuador, displays the attention to detail common to most of the releases on Glass' Orange Mountain Music label despite the remote location.
- Release Date:
- Orange Mountain
Performance CreditsWendy Sutter Primary Artist
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