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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000L42JAY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Heroes Symphony - The Light / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, dir. Marin Alsop

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Philip Glass composed 'The Light' to commemorate the Michelson-Morley experiment confirming the uniform speed of light. It is one of his early neo classical works, written in the same year as his Violin Concerto: 1987, but it is not in the same league. Its all very pleasant in a light classical kind of way and the composer plays with his limited amount of material in a reasonably inventive manner that keeps the work moving for about 16 minutes. The problem is that leaves 8 minutes of needless repetition after that. Fans of Glass may think that I haven't got the point. But I have. In the Violin Concerto the endlessly repeated figures build into something, but here they just keep on going and eventually become wearing.

So to the Heroes Symphony (1996), designed as a six movement Symphony and ballet piece. David Bowie's `Heroes' album (1977)is a considerable achievement. It is at its most exciting in the glorious collisions of rock and dance on tracks like `Beauty and the Beast', `Joe the Lion' and `Blackout'. These tracks are bursting with possibilities for adventurous reinterpretation by a cutting edge composer, especially one creating a dance work. But Glass turns his back on the most adventurous tracks on the album and chooses mainly the simpler more electronically based ones to interpret in what is a pretty insipid style. If anything shouts from the music here it is `Missed Opportunity!!!'

Harsh words? I think not. First movement `Heroes' is the strongest thing here, serving as a march like introduction to the Symphony. 'Abdulmajid' is half off-the-peg middle eastern tune, half James Bond ratchetting-up-the-tension sequence.
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Wasn't sure exactly what to expect as I'd only heard 1 of the tracks on a compilation CD. Very glad I've purchased the whole piece as it is glorious music, transporting and highly enjoyable.
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By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2008
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Having bought Bowie's orignal album pretty much when it came out, and having different tastes nowadays, I picked this CD up on a whim recently.

Although beautifully played and sounding great, the music is terribly dull, I'm sad to report. As the other reviewer quite righly says, why didn't Glass orchestrate the 3 best tracks on Bowie's album?

I quite like some of Glass' other stuff, but not this. Best to pass, I think!
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Very enjoyable contemporary works.
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