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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite harpist
I own the 2 previous recordings of Philip Glass' music recorded by Ms Sacchi. This is my favorite. The overdubbed tracks are great and the creative mix adds a special touch to some tracks. Ms Sacchi is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful harpist. I hope to listen to her live one day playing this repertoire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good start
The album begins with "Opening" from Glassworks, a simple piano piece. It's not a good start. The clipped arpeggios are far from beautiful, but more seriously Floraleda plays the wrong notes and in some cases wholly incorrect bars. The mistakes (or adaptions, who knows) are as jarring as the fingering.

Three renditions of Helen's Tune from Candyman follow, and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite harpist, 2 Sep 2013
This review is from: PHILIP GLASS: Metamorphosis and other Works (Audio CD)
I own the 2 previous recordings of Philip Glass' music recorded by Ms Sacchi. This is my favorite. The overdubbed tracks are great and the creative mix adds a special touch to some tracks. Ms Sacchi is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful harpist. I hope to listen to her live one day playing this repertoire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 28 Dec 2012
This review is from: PHILIP GLASS: Metamorphosis and other Works (Audio CD)
Quite simply, this is beautiful. Great sound and great virtuosity. It's clear Mrs Sacchi plays Glass so successfully since many years. A must have!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good start, 2 May 2013
This review is from: PHILIP GLASS: Metamorphosis and other Works (Audio CD)
The album begins with "Opening" from Glassworks, a simple piano piece. It's not a good start. The clipped arpeggios are far from beautiful, but more seriously Floraleda plays the wrong notes and in some cases wholly incorrect bars. The mistakes (or adaptions, who knows) are as jarring as the fingering.

Three renditions of Helen's Tune from Candyman follow, and are much better suited to the instrument, but why this trivial theme must be played three times in succession isn't clear. Once would be enough.

Things pick up with the five parts of Metamorphosis which are much more successful, though the urgent arpeggios of Part I can sound slightly uneven. Sadly the start of Part II "Flowing" fails to flow thanks to exaggerated pauses around the initial chords (reminiscent of those harpsichordists who insist on stopping the music while they exhaust every last trill).

Once the right hand arpeggios start it finds its feet. Ms Saachi does manage to make it sound quite hard to play though. Part III is good. The timing during the first half of Part IV is slightly vague but the second half is excellent. The final reprise is confident and assured.

The rest of the album works extremely well (but for Dance from Akhnaten, which is unpolished).

Overall I think it's an interesting album for harp enthusiasts, but not really an essential purchase for Glass completists. Glassworks and Metamorphosis in particular are much better on Philip's piano.
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