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Voices for Didgeridoo and Organ: Organ Suite

Philip Glass , Mark Atkins , Michael Riesman Audio CD
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  • Performer: Mark Atkins, Michael Riesman
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song 1
2. Song 2
3. Song 3
4. Song 4
5. Prologue
6. New Cities
7. Islands
8. Anthem

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Glass 21 Mar 2014
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Instantly recognisable Glass music, but this is a CD with 2 distinct soundscapes. The first tracks consist of a didgeridoo and organ, which combine a little awkwardly, like a couple of strangers making polite conversation at a dinner party. The two instruments were played at different locations, and the parts combined in a studio and this may account for the first impression I got when hearing these tracks.The music is a bit quirky, strange, and at times amusing. But nice and interesting if you are familiar with Glass music.
The Organ Suite is performed as a solo organ piece, and is quite beautiful. I think i will get more mileage with these tracks, but i am feeding back after just hearing this CD for the first time. Add this to your collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ordinary, but what isn't for Glass? 17 April 2014
By Randall Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
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How do we thank Philip Glass, Michael Riesman and, here, Mark Atkins for descending from some other part of existence, smiling upon us mortals and delivering messages that must be from a sort of heaven, via the compositions and performances of these geniuses? Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse of what music in heaven will certainly be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shotgun Marriage 16 May 2014
By David B. Edmonston - Published on Amazon.com
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This album contains two sections. The first section is "Voices for Didgeridoo and Organ." Who could have thought to put the dignified, articulate organ in the same room with the down-and-dirty didgeridoo? Who but Philip Glass! The dubious progeny of this shotgun marriage is a startling piece of music. The instruments really do work together. I was laughing and crying at the same time when I first heard it. I laughed because the combination was so incongruous and so just-plain funny. I don't know why I cried. It's moving music. I love it.

The second section of the album is called Organ Suite. It's an assemblage of four older Glass pieces three of which were previously used in the Qatsi movies. Even in their original form they were exciting pieces of music, but the re-working by Riesman, the organist, has brought out aspects of Glass's music that I hadn't appreciated before. The organ versions are a whole new experience. I feel sure that anyone who loves Glass's music in general will love these versions too.
1.0 out of 5 stars This was a big disappointment. The digeridoo was side lined to almost a ... 14 July 2014
By Harry Powers - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a big disappointment. The digeridoo was side lined to almost a rhythm accompaniment to typical tired Glass melodic manipulations.
None of the digeridoo's special qualities of deep throbbing gut felt sound was realized beneath the tinkling textures we have heard many times before. Glass - you blew this one!! I took it on trust and wasted my money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 Jun 2014
By Roland - Published on Amazon.com
This is great music! After listening a few times, I think this is great. I usually listen a few times before a Philip Glass song makes sense, and then I can get the idea. A lot of his music seems like it should be for a movie, and a lot is. With music that isn't from a soundtrack like this music here, I end up picturing my own movie for the music. This recording of the didgeridoo with organ would definitely be good soundtrack music to a suspense film. The didgeridoo sounds amazing in these songs, haunting and epic.

As for the other part of this recording, the solo organ music is good, however I've already heard these songs many times since these are simply organ renditions of preexisting songs like Islands and the other film songs. New Cities sounds the freshest on organ, and I did not recognize it at first. Overall, Michael Riesman is the best Glass player, probably better than Philip Glass even.
3.0 out of 5 stars good try 11 Jun 2014
By Read-Only - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big Phil Glass fan, but I found the suite for didgeridoo and organ to be something that could pass for a Glass spoof. The didgeridoo is rather limited in what notes it can play--and in whether you can tell what the note is supposed to be. It also takes a lot of breath to play, and each note takes some time to produce. As a result, the pace is quite slow, and the limited range of the instrument makes the whole thing sound a bit like a composition that has been simplified for children (you know, half-speed Mozart for the 4th-grade recorder class).

The organ suite is much better, but it came across as rather ponderous. That may have been the influence from the previous cuts with the didgeridoo.

My favorite Glass keyboard album is his own performance of the piano etudes (Orange Mountain Music 009), which has much variety and is not as ponderous.

Although I'm not crazy about this album, I still think it's great that this label is putting out all the Glass works that would otherwise be unavailable.
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