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Songs and Poems for Solo Cello

Philip Glass Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B0012GJER6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song I
2. Song II
3. Song III
4. Song IV
5. Song V
6. Song VI
7. Song VII
8. Tissue No. 1
9. Tissue No. 2
10. Tissue No. 6
11. Tissue No. 7

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The pieces on Orange Mountain Music's new album glimpse the essence of the Glass's poetic vision in the form of a single voice - performed by a gifted soloist on a remarkable instrument. Composed for Wendy Sutter, 'Songs and Poems for solo cello' (2007) premiered in New York after almost a year of collaborative sessions. Glass has remarked frequently on the comparison of the range of the cello to that of the human voice. A certain singing quality pervades his solo writing: the seven-movement work, at once introspective, pensive and self-analyzing, flows with timelessness and unrepentant musicality. 'Tissues', for cello, piano and percussion (2002) were written for the original soundtrack recording to Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi but of the numerous solo cello pieces Glass composed for the film, only two were recorded and used in the final cut. Tissues contain some of his most intimate and lyrical writing. Throughout the work the 'singing' cello is accompanied by dynamic Glassian figures played by percussionist David Cossin with the composer playing the piano.

A native of Seattle, cellist Wendy Sutter is a soloist and chamber musician, at numerous festivals worldwide including New York's Music Today series, Tanglewood, and with Bang on a Can All-Stars. As soloist with the White Oak Chamber Ensemble, she premiered Jerome Robbins' A Suite of Dances, an onstage duet for herself and Mikhail Baryshnikov at New York's Lincoln Center. She tours as a soloist with Tan Dun performing his "The Map" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" cello concertos and the solo part in Water Passion. Sutter performed on the OMM disc of Glass's Book of Longing. For this CD she played a remarkable cello from 1620 by Nicolo Amati, the famed teacher of Antonio Stradivari, an instrument known as the "ex Vatican Stradivarius".

Wendy Sutter - (cello), David Cossin - (percussion), Philip Glass - (piano)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for any century 9 April 2008
By Macbeth
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Lately, Glass seems to have been composing works in the style of what will probably be known as his "late" period, and they're among the finest he's ever written. This release is probably the culmination of this style to date, a dark, beautiful series of pieces for solo cello. The first of these is barely recognisable as Glass at all, with echoes of Bach in particular, and it takes a few listens to get your head around the structure as a whole. It's unquestionably a Great piece of music - that's great with a capital "G". More instant is Tissues, reworkings of pieces from the Naqoyquaatsi soundtrack, but these too have gathered depth in their revised form. An essential purchase, even for Glass-haters: this could be the one to convert you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute favourite 8 May 2011
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I'm not a big classical music fan at all, so I can't really talk about this in the context of other classical pieces at all. I bought this because I like solo instrumental pieces whether classical or otherwise, and I liked the album Glass did with Leonard Cohen. This is just wonderful. Like most people, I tend to listen to a lot of "backround music" - stick a CD on while I'm doing something else. But this is not music for the background. It's totally involving. I particularly like the unforgiving, almost harsh recording. No reverb, no smoothing off the edges - you really hear the instrument in the raw. And, as a fan of popular/rock music, I particularly love the rhythms in these pieces. I'd say this is classical music for people who don't like twee, predictable classical music. I LOVE it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through a Glass Darkly 24 Aug 2013
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Philip Glass' string music came as something of a revelation to me.

I am familiar with his early Minimalist works but these hauntingly beautiful, increasingly melodic pieces for cello are quite unlike anything else of his that I have heard until now.

The first seven pieces for solo cello ('Songs') arose partly out of workshops with the cellist Wendy Sutter and what a collaboration that turned out to be! Rich, complex, subtle and achingly beautiful at times, this is cello music by a modern composer that at times gives Bach a run for his money.

The second half of the CD consists of our pieces for cello and percussion, with Glass himself on piano. These he calls 'Tissues' and they have the delicacy of the finest Chinese rice paper

If anything, these subtle, at times delicate compositions are even more beautiful.

The occasional introduction of a tremulous, muted gong or what I take to be tubular bells - plus Glass' piano forming an equally subtle accompaniment - allow Sutter's command of her 17th century Stradivari cello to soar.

Wonderful music.Buy it. Now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sound 21 July 2011
By V. Pyle
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The beauty and richness of this cello is incomparable to anything I have heard. Glass is great as well. Not to be missed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new music for solo cello 20 May 2012
By alwyne
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Works for solo cello in the modern repertoire are quite rare, and Philip Glass's new contribution is greatly welcomed. Wendy Sutter treats the music as if it were a wedding gift! Let's hope this partnership lasts, and Glass writes more for this instrument. The genius of Glass focussed on a single instrument is a superb listening experience.
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