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Akhnaten [Import]

Philip Glass Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026GR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Akhnaten: Act 1, Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
2. Akhnaten: Act 1, Prelude: Verse 3
3. Akhnaten: Act 1, Scene 1: Funeral of Amenhotep III
4. Akhnaten: Act 1, Scene 2: The Coronation of Akhnaten
5. Akhnaten: Act 1, Scene 3: The Window of Appearances
6. Akhnaten: Act 2, Scene 1: The Temple
7. Akhnaten: Act 2, Scene 2: Akhnaten and Nefertiti
Disc: 2
1. Akhnaten: Act 2, Scene 3: The City. Dance (Beginning), Narration: The City
2. Akhnaten: Act 2, Scene 3: The City. Dance (Conclusion)
3. Akhnaten: Act 2, Scene 4: Hymn
4. Akhnaten: Act 3: Year 17 and the Present - Akhetaten, Scene 1: The Family
5. Akhnaten: Act 3: Year 17 and the Present - Akhetaten, Scene 2: Attack and Fall
6. Akhnaten: Act 3: Year 17 and the Present - Akhetaten, Scene 3: The Ruins
7. Akhnaten: Act 3: Year 17 and the Present - Akhetaten, Scene 4: Epilogue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark piece. 16 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although some have argued that by this juncture in his career Philip Glass was beginning to repeat himself creatively, this opera still has many points of merit. The use of percussion on some movements lifts the music from standard arpeggiated Glass minimalism, and some of the near falsetto singing in the later movements is often extremely beautiful indeed. However, by the end of the piece the over-familiarity of both the working methods of Glass and the repitition of themes does become a little wearing. But, of course, if you are a Glass afficianado, repitition is almost the very purpose of the thing, and this expansive, ambitious work is rewarding enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Akhnaten is passionate, dramatic, awesome ! 22 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Akhnaten - what a piece ! Passionate and dramatic. A wonderful opera that immediately transports the listener back in time. It's awesome.
Akhnaten is part of three portrait operas relating to three men - Akkhnaten, Ghandi and Einstein, historic personalities who 'revolutionised the thoughts and events of their times through the power of an inner vision'(Philip Glass).
Akhnaten - Religion Satyagraha - Politics Einstein on the Beach - Science
The three temes religon, politics and science where shared by all three men.
The opera 'Akhnaten' begins with the prelude and if followed by ' The Funeral of Amenhotp III' (Akhnatens father) Superb ! The drumming is magnificent. 'The Window of Appearances' in another outstanding peice - absolutely beautiful - Akhnaten ( 18th Pararoh ) has been crowned and together with Nefertiti, his wife, and his mother they approach the window of appearances and sing a hymn welcoming a new era of monotheism - it is wonderful !
The opera takes you on a wonderful journey through a period of hisotry that unfrotunately has too often been forfgotten. The music is, what can I say - outstanding. Philip Glass never disappoints. Buy it and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glass's Masterpiece 4 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
"Open are the double doors of the horizon
Unlocked are its bolts"

So begins this incredible opera (after a magnificent prelude/overture).

This is the first piece of Glass that I ever heard (as a young boy at school) and I remember being transfixed right from the opening bars. What really transported me to near heaven though, was track 4: The Coronation of Akhnaten. With it's simple contrapuntal scales (reminds me a little of Pachebel's canon) it takes you away to another time and place.

What is a real shame is that we have no other recordings to compare this one to.

If you like this, try one of Glass's earlier works (probably my 2nd favourite Glass work): Glassworks
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely brilliant and atmospheric, the story of Akhenaton and his new town, Akhetaten, founded to escape the Theban priesthood of Amun interpreted musically. Glass achieves haunting harmonies by using an orchestra without a violin section but 5 double basses, bassoons, large brass and wind sections. Although I do not tend to like conventional opera, I have played this piece almost daily since receiving the CDs, and consider myself hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating journey 27 Nov 2002
By Tiamat
Format:Audio CD
What the music of Glass does to someone changes from person to person. For the ones who love it, it's like a drug, for the ones who dislike it, they get shivers down their spine from the start.
This little piece of text is for the ones who can enjoy the music, or maybe WILL enjoy it the future.
Aknaten, or Achnaton in Dutch, is one big musical journey. You are taken back in time, back to the land of the faraos. The music pulsates with vivid life, it graps you, takes you into it. You have to experience it, not just as background music, but really listen to it. Than the music gets it's striking charm.
And for the ones who maybe don't want to listen everything, just listen to "Window of appearances" because that's the real highlight, it's of an unearth beauty.
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