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  • Performer: Adele Anthony, Takuo Yuasa
  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (3 April 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004SSJ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Company: I. --Ulster Orchestra 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Company: II. --Ulster Orchestra 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Company: III. --Ulster Orchestra 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Company: IV. --Ulster Orchestra 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Violin Concerto: I. --Adele Anthony 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Violin Concerto: II. --Adele Anthony 8:32Album Only
Listen  7. Violin Concerto: III. --Adele Anthony 9:28Album Only
Listen  8. Akhnaten: PreludeUlster Orchestra12:16Album Only
Listen  9. Akhnaten: Dance (Act II Scene 3)Ulster Orchestra 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Company - Concerto pour violon - Akhnaten: Prélude et Danse

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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the only unofficial Glass recording in my extensive collection (that is to say not approved and supervised by the composer and produced by his longtime collaborators Kurt Munkasci and Michael Riesman). It is though the finest available recording of one of Glass' best orchestral works, his Violin Concerto. Pungent, bracing and evocative - the Concerto is one of Glass' most accesible and attractive works, and here receives the performance it deserves. Powerful, perfectly paced, energetic and moody - the soloist and orchestra realise the piece marvellously, and are matched by the more than capable production. It is far superior to the more pricey Deutsche Grammophon recording featuring soloist Gidon Kremer. That was poorly paced and the recording was abysmal (plus it was oddly paired with an ugly atonal piece by Schnittke). Here it is paired with 'Company', originally scored for string quartet, and a powerful rendition of two pieces from 'Akhnaten', Glass' landmark opera from 1984.
A must for all Glass fans, and a good introduction to newcomers immune to the usual Glass-phobe cliches. A little gem.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 11 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first work on this disc, Company, shows Glass at his most telling, using the basic building blocks of minimalism to achieve the maximum of musical richness and contrasts.
It is instructive to compare Glass' Violin concerto with his fellow American John Adams'. Adams takes on the whole late romantic/early modern tradition of Violin Concertos: structurally, harmonically and pschycologically (think for instance of the troubled soul of Elgar's violin concerto)and builds something strange, wonderful and new. Glass focuses on structures, opting for a classic 18th century fast-slow-fast one) and produces a Paginini like showmanship from his endlessly repeated musical figures. But there is more going on, for instance, half way through the first movement I was surprised by a counter melodic line from the strings which could have been borrowed straight from a symphony by the early 20th century British composer Bax. The piece ends on a high - and fast- note - after 25 attention keeping minutes.
The final two tracks are selections from Glass' Opera Ankhaten.
they are fine as far as they go but do not constitute any kind of complete work. With the CD clocking in at only 52 minutes there are 28 free minutes which could have been used to more fully represent the Opera.
The playing is top notch, especially the solo violin in the concerto. If you want to compare the Adams and Glass concertos you may wish to buy a CD that features both (there are several available)If you already have the Adams (or don't wish to buy it) this is an excellent version of the Glass.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wingate on 7 Feb. 2001
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This is a great CD of fabulous music by America's pre-eminent classical/minimalist composer. The violinist has a real grasp of the music and she plays on a rare and beautiful instrument. The three excerpts from arguably his best opera - Akhnaten - may be played too slow for some tastes but they work for me. This is a highly enjoyable disc and I have recommended to all my friends who eschew the blandishments that Philip Glass's music has to offer......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilberfalse on 9 Nov. 2012
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Minimilism is not new! Incidentally, I would prefer to call the use of fragments in this repetitive way "cyclicalism". I am of course fully aware that this term is used on a "grander" scale for the sort of thread that winds through a number of works, Dvorak's 9th Symphony being a supreme example.

One of music's greatest innovators, Franz Joseph Haydn, uses the technique as far back as 1770 in the finale to his Symphony No. 41. If you have not already come across this work, then I suggest you make its acquaintance as soon as possible. Haydn is, of course, without question one of the least understood and appreciated of the great composers. However, Haydn did not build his corpus on the short motif principle in the extreme manner adopted by Glass and his disciples. But Haydn was the supreme master in the use of the short motif and I am sure in his early studies Glass must have been aware of this.

Domenico Scarlatti, too, was working in this fashion: I could point to many of his 500 or so so-called harpsichord sonatas in which repetition is the key. And in a broader sense we may include J S Bach (e.g. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, first movement). There are some quasi-minimalist examples from J Brahms, notably the first section of the String Sextet No. 2, Opus 36 first movement, first section. Also the String Quintet No. 2, Opus 111 first movement first section accompaniment; and no doubt there are many others.

Music is unique amongst the arts in the sense that it requires allotted time for its rendition. Therefore, with the ever-growing quantity of music at our disposal the more difficult does it become to find that time in which to listen to or study it, let alone do it justice.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Lynch on 16 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Glass' violin concerto is the core of this selection and the reason why I bought it. Glass can be magnificently meditative at his best and Tasmanian Adele Anthony pulls this out brilliantly with the sort of pure tone and crisp playing this piece needs.
The problem is with the accompanying pieces. Company, which precedes and the two excerpts from Akhnaten, which follow, are fine in their way. In fact the Prelude to Akhnaten is one of the finest pieces of one of the finest operas of recent times. It's just that the trouble with Glass is that be can be so... well, repetitive. The filler works sound too much like the Violin Conerto to be paired successfully with them. If Naxos were to pair this off with something suitably mellow by another contemporary composer - say Rutter or Pärt - they'd have a much stronger proposition.
As a Belfast man born and bred, I might be biased, but the Ulster Orchestra and their principal guest conductor Takuo Yuasa gave a good enough account of themselves here, and given the super budget price of this CD, the competition would have to be something special to justify the extra cost.
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