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Violin Concerto No.2 ""The American Four Seasons

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  • Conductor: Alsop
  • Composer: GLASS
  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00415AWXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Movement I
3. Song No. 1
4. Movement II
5. Song No. 2
6. Movement III
7. Song No. 3
8. Movement IV

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norman E. Harrington on 22 Mar 2011
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I did not know what to expect Glass's Four Seasons!. I reserved my judgement at the start and then became overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this work and the commitment & elan of the performance
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Essentially in 4 movements, each preceded by a violin solo. This work covers the 4 seasons but, to quote the composer, there are 16 versions depending on the order. The composer does not state the order so you can guess what you think the order should be. That done, you can change your mind the next time you listen to it. Typical Glass minimalism.
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By Winston90 on 3 Dec 2014
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Excellent, Robert McDuffie is an mazing fiddler
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heebee on 23 Aug 2011
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if you've not heard Glass before this may well be a very fine concerto. If you know Glass, then you'll have heard 50% of it already. I like Glass's music, but he seems increasingly to have a file of old tricks he simply throws in in different order - he writes something new and usually interesting, then along comes the old wibble-wobble-wibble theme, the same descending notes(with, in this case, very little attempt to pretend they're different to last time). I feel more and more that I'm paying for the same old, same old. Not good.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
A landmark achievement in the concerto repertoire 14 Oct 2010
By Marvin Cohodas - Published on Amazon.com
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When people, especially in North America, get over the hangup that Glass is not supposed to be considered a serious classical music composer, despite numerous operas, symphonies, concerti and ballets, and despite their enduring popularity in Europe, or that he is a nails-on-the-blackboard minimalist, despite some of the most transporting melodies written in the last century, they will recognize that his music, and especially his recent direction, constitutes a landmark in 20-21st century "serious" music.

This violin concerto is a good example. It his his second violin concerto, the first having achieved repetition in a variety of media (check youtube for this) for its transcendent second movement. The American 4 seasons, his second violin concerto represents a more mature Glass style, of far greater complexity and with memorable qualities throughout, from first to last note. Due it its complexity, it may not be completely accessible on first hearing, but repeated listening brings great rewards in enjoyment.

A review of the Glass concerto output (violin, cello, concerto grosso, piano, saxophone quartet, etc.) reveals that his second movements are outstanding for their melodic lyricism and this concerto's second movement even exceeds the others in that regard. Glass's most recent concerti have tended to opt for a slow final movement, choosing tranquility over fireworks, as is especially true in the second piano concerto ("Lewis and Clark"). But Robert McDuffie, for whom this second concerto was written, wanted the fireworks. Glass delivered these fireworks in the fourth movement, and then some. For me this is far and away the best final concerto movement that Glass has written. This is not surprising in view of Glass's special gift in writing for the violin (witness the third movement of the third symphony, the first violin concerto, or music for The Screens).

This concerto has its perfect mate in Robert McDuffie, because the Glass style opens music up to the sensibilities of the performer more than the work of most composers, and McDuffie pours into it amazing amounts of sensitivity and interpretation.

This recording is a treasure. If you've been avoiding Glass up to now, either because you think he's not a serious enough composer or perhaps a bit too serious, this recording will change your mind. If you haven't been avoiding Glass, then you've already bought it!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking! 3 Nov 2010
By Texas Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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The American Four Seasons piece is absolutely amazing - beautiful - and this particular rendition by Glass is just breathtaking. The flexibility, the speed, and crispness of notes/tones are wonderful. The only thing that would make it better is hearing it live.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not Your Father's Glass 17 Nov 2010
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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While soon recognizable as a compostion of Philip Glass, this excellent, beautiful second violin concerto is of great structural variation, with solo lyrical interludes suitable for encores and four main movements, whose season attribution is unspecified, not necesssarily chronological, and somewhat ambiguous (perhaps a sequence of summer, autumn, winter, spring, but your choices may differ). Robert McDuffie plays with ardor and sensitivity. The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop (of Cabrillo Festival fame) stands suitably back for the violin to shine. Glass's arpeggio trademark pulses are present, of course, but they serve as emotional clues to the violin's rapturous melodies. This is a very mature work, a far cry from Glass's early minimalism. I like this opus very much and presume that the concerto will prove to be a popular feature of concerts worldwide.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant, unchallenging dose of Minimalism 101 17 Feb 2011
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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As one of the inventors of minimalism, Philip Glass should have matured along the lines of Steve Reich, John Adams, and John Harbison, but he has spent too many years turning out the same formula, and despite some resounding cheers for An American Four Seasons at Amazon (one of Glass's knacks is for marketable titles), I can't hear the slightest distinction in the music, other than the simple melodic layering upon basic chord progressions and arpeggios that amountto Minimalism 101. Newcomers should be advised that unlike Vivaldi's panorama of the year, Glass's concerto doesn't depict the four seasons pictorially -- the movements are abstract and fairly interchangeable.

Which isn't to deny that this is a pleasant experience. The opening movement and the slow movement are ear-catching. I got very little out of the other two movements, however, and the interpolated "songs" for solo violin aren't even melodic; they repeat some basic rhythmic figurations and intervals without any accumulation of effect. There was something more daring about the first violin concerto, or at least more varied, since the soloist was backed by a full orchestra, not just the string body plus synthesizer employed here. To is credit, Robert McDuffie doesn't play the solo part mechanically but inserts subtle expressive touches that help to add interest. If only the basic material had more interest on its own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First Rate Violin Concerto -- but this recording has some issues 8 Feb 2012
By Douglas Ritter - Published on Amazon.com
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I was fortunate to hear Robert McDuffie play this violin concerto live with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra last month and it was brilliant and he was brilliant. I went home and ordered the disc from Amazon immediately, wanting to hear it again. But listening to it for the first time I was struck by the decision the recording producers made to over emphasize the violin playing and de-emphasize the orchestra, who play so much in the background as to be more like a chamber ensemble back up. I found this to be strange as I own many famous violin concerto's and on all of them the orchestra is an integral as the violin soloist, as I believe it should be. I look forward to McDuffie recording this with another orchestra at some point.
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