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Symphony No.8

Philip Glass Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B000F1HQTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Movement I - Bruckner Orchestra Linz
2. Movement II - Bruckner Orchestra Linz
3. Movement III - Bruckner Orchestra Linz

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Philip Glass himself writes in the CD sleeve a brief introduction that is both forthright and yet cryptic to this work. He tells us the form of each of the three movements but there is no explanation for why he chose those forms or any inkling behind the inspiration for the content. The result, for me, is a disjointed work, each of the three movements seeming to bear little contact with the others.

Much of the content is standard Glassian fare. The opening movement is very good, very strident and full of thematic riches with interesting developments. The second movement is a passacaglia that progresses slowly under its own leaden weight rather than by the intrinsic rhythm. The final movement is again, for me, weighed down by its own langour. No movement could stand on its own, and yet neither do they relate to each other. The result is a patchy and ultimately unsatisfactory work.

That being said, the performance by the Bruckner Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies is very good. They commissioned the work, having previously given the European premier of Glass's sixth symphony. They demonstrate here the required strong rhythmic discipline and a richness of sound that cannot be faulted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 18 Aug 2013
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Absolutely superb. An orchestra that deals with Bruckner is perfect for Glass: the spaciousness, the blocks of sound. Dennis Russell Davies is brilliant here, and through him we see an interesting development in the music of Glass. Passions hinted at in Glass' film soundtracks are explicit here: the second movement is emotionally involving, and the third movement is probably the most moving music Glass has written. These two movements are also inventive. The first movement also boils with ideas; what could be a schematic presentation of variations becomes a thrilling torrent. At some points, Glass' familiar swirls become a violent threshing.
There's a lot of Glass out there: a lot average, some poor, some excellent. But this really is magnificent- if only he was this good more often. I would recommend this fantastic recording to Glass fans, and to people who don't particularly like him, or even haven't heard a note of his music. Like his Symphony No.9 I would also recommend it to those who enjoy Bruckner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 18 April 2011
By V. Pyle
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For anyone considering Glass is not first rate they should buy this. Mature and profound. The second movement particularly so. A wonderful piece of music I had to play it again and again.
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