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Glass: Violin Concerto [CD]

Philip Glass Audio CD
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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Company: I. --Ulster Orchestra 2:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Company: II. --Ulster Orchestra 1:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Company: III. --Ulster Orchestra 1:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Company: IV. --Ulster Orchestra 2:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Violin Concerto: I. --Adele Anthony 6:510.89  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 5:340.89  Buy MP3 

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Company - Concerto pour violon - Akhnaten: Prélude et Danse

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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Violin Concerto recording... 7 Mar 2004
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glass at his best 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
4.0 out of 5 stars LYRICAL INTERPRETATIONS 7 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A good showcase of Glass' virtues - and vices! 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Glass Violin concerto,along with the James Dillon is one of the most visceral and exciting violin concertos of recent times.It stands up surprisingly well without being married to dance(i first encountered it in that context)or film and is totally compelling in its own right.There's not much to it really:the familiar minor key arppegios,churning rhythms and static harmonies but it's all woven together with such irresistable flair that it's impossible to resist.
A pairing with the rather anodyne (designer music)Violin Concerto of John Adams might've been more appropriate than the plodding 'Company'and dance from 'Akhnaten'.The Prelude to that opera (also on this disc)is on more inspired territory.
Strongly recommended for the violin concerto,even for Glass sceptics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Composer 31 Dec 2013
By Corrine
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It is one of his best works and very inspiring to listen to as few modern classical composers admired over years
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 1987 minimalism
My first introduction to Philip Glass. The first violin concerto is a lot more melodic than the later 2nd. It is good throughout but the last movement is great.
Published 1 month ago by 1948emo
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
The Violin Concerto, one of Glass' stand-out works, is performed wonderfully, the violin being clear and expressive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Phlegethon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Still beautiful, still demanding - and that's just me!. Buy this, even if you have to flog the cat or sell your granny. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Claudia Saatchi
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on!
Minimilism is not new! Incidentally, I would prefer to call the use of fragments in this repetitive way "cyclicalism". Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wilberfalse
3.0 out of 5 stars --- Glass violin concerto --
I read about tape loops in a book on classical music. It is a method whereby a section of music is recorded on tape and then played repetitively in a continuous loop. Read more
Published 20 months ago by beadle
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
An absolute must for any violin fan. Superb arrangements, layered beautifully. The second movement of the violin concerto is particularly moving. Truly stunning.
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by boohellokitty
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album
I heard the second movement of the violin concerto on the radio driving to work one morning, and was so overwhelmed by the emotions it made me feel I spent several months trying to... Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Tonka Toys
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bargain!
This inexpensive Naxos disc features exhilarating performances, and excellent production values throughout. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by Sentinel
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Lament
This low-price CD in the Naxos range comes recommended. It contains not only the "Violin Concerto" in its fifty-two minutes of music. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Nicholas Casley
4.0 out of 5 stars Glass on Naxos
I bought this as it was cheap and have been pleasantly surpised by the recording quality and the performance by a soloist I dont know.
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Clark
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