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Metamorphosis

10 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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30
1
5:39
30
2
7:21
30
3
5:32
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4
7:01
30
5
5:06
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13:44
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7
6:51
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Feb. 2003
  • Release Date: 10 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 51:14
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  • ASIN: B001I5KYQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,062 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the perfect introduction to music of Glass. Featuring his hallmark pounding chords and rippling arpeggios, this is also richly harmonic and among the composers most accesible albums. Reminiscent of Satie, but still uniquely Glass, this is a bracing, deeply evocative listening experience.
If you like Glass you'll love this. If you're a newcomer, this could be the perfect introduction to the preeminent composer of his generation.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. D. Saunders on 19 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you like piano I would thoroughly recommend this album. The best comparison for this music is Satie. The pieces are simple but melodious. Philip Glass has been categorised as 'minimalist' but this is only partly true, in that, the tunes are repetitive but have great rhythm. I've waited ages for this album to be re-released - and now it has I'm more than pleased.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James Kirk on 15 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Solo Piano represents some of the more minimal work of Philip Glass. Very different in feel to say Powaqattsi or some of his other film scores this bears more resemblance to the soundtrack to The Hours. In fact part Two of Metamorphosis formed basis of the main theme from this soundtrack.

Whilst themeatically repetative throughout the CD, the various compositions were produced for different occasions, and collated on this album; Metamorphosis takes it's name from a play based on Kafka's short story. Parts Three and Four were written as accompaniment to the play, and parts One and Two use themes from Glass' soundtrack to The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris. The piece Mad Rush was written for the Dalai Lama's public appearance in 1981 in New York for his entrance into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine played by Glass on the organ reinterpreted on this album for piano.

Metamorphosis sets the compositional style of the album with a recurring theme that is continued throughout all of the pieces. As the piece develops the complexity of the music increases. Rolling arpeggios are added to the main theme in Metamorphosis Two, and in Metamorphosis Three heavy yet refined chords are projected over the lulling main theme. Metamorphosis Four adds further complexity to the main theme reprising the rolling arpeggios as well as the chords from Two, which come across as stronger elements within the piece. Metamorphosis Five reprises Metamorphosis One yet the sound of the piano is dampened conveying a greater sense of simplicity and calm to the piece. The two pieces enclose the composition thematically and typify the change of mood throughout, finishing with little sense of relief.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Robertson on 25 Nov. 2010
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For an intermediate pianist (anywhere beyond beginner) like myself, this music is a gift. Tuneful, relatively easy to learn and play, it gives you an insight into the preoccupations of those post-serial composers (Adams, Reich and Glass) who returned to tonality through an emphatic repetition of basic harmonies. Rather than avoiding simplicity and repetition, this music revels in them. Playing it yourself is like enjoying a familiar journey, knowing where you're going all the time. It's perfect commuter (train) music , transforming the daily repetition into a dreamscape. The haunting Metamorphoses were written originally for Errol Morris's film, The Thin Blue Line. The score of all the pieces on this disc is published by Chester Music. Philip Glass's own versions are a lesson and an inspiration for DIY pianists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2010
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If you're a Glass fan, simply go ahead and buy this album, secure in the knowledge that these are haunting, memorable scores. The insistent pulse, overlaid by the slow rolling refrain of melody, and 'hooks' which lodge deep inside your psyche (I've just returned from an hour's riverbank walk with my dog, and echoes of Glass' melodies inside my head appeared to mirror the incoming tide by my feet, all the time I was out). This is music of sufficient depth/complexity to make it difficult to believe we're only listening to piano (an instrument which can overstay its welcome for me, unless it's Keith Jarrett).If you're new to Glass, have a listen to the samples, then decide, but be warned: he can prove very addictive if you have ears to hear!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Carr on 30 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a fantastic album, and a great introduction to arguably the greatest living composer.

As the title suggests, it's just Glass and his piano playing, so don't expect any sweeping strings or other instruments at all. The pace of the album is brilliant, with each of the pieces sounding like a more complex version of the last (which essentially they are), ranging from the very simple Metamorphosis One through to Four (Five is simply One with slightly different use of the pedals) and onto the last two tracks which follow a similar pattern.

Don't expect this to be like Beethoven or Chopin, it is repetitive and certainly far simpler musically, but I've found it to be an album for almost any mood - a lazy summer afternoon, lying in bed trying to sleep, working, I pretty much haven't found a situation where I listen to this and want to prematurely stop the album.

This is definitely worth the buy, and I would recommend trying out some more Glass if you are a fan.
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