The mid-80s are a mixed-bag for Glass. While one could get wonderful pieces such as "Glassworks" and "Akhenaten", there were also these marketing-department dogs such as "Songs From Liquid Days" and "Danceworks" that were more irritating than illuminating. And while this starts off with a toss-off bit of fluff ("A Gentleman's Honor"), it soon develops into the wonderful and dramatic workout that follows. 'Act III', the final longer work here, is amazing, in fact, as it possesses a sense of drama that one doesn't always encounter in Glass's music of this period (the 'Funeral' from "Akhenaten" is another example). This work is also helped by the presence here of Glass's ensemble, which he seems to have felt more comfortable with as a compositional force than the larger forces offered by orchestras, etc, during this time. It is, though, an expanded version of the Glass Ensemble, with added brass and winds, and when this all kicks in in the final part of the work, it's one of those 'hang onto your hat' moments! One to get, even with the flaw of the "A Gentleman's Honor" toss-offs.