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Glass, Reich, Nyman

A. Bannister
 
Glass: Akhnaten - An Opera in Three Acts
Glass: Akhnaten - An Opera in Three Acts
"The Prelude alone is captivating enough, but this work enthralls throughout with rich textures and a striking sense of location."
Reich: Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Reich: Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
"A major work in the minimalist canon, rippling with persuasive emotion. Powerful yet hypnotic."
Glass: String Quartets 2,3,4,5
Glass: String Quartets 2,3,4,5
"Fine work from Glass and Kronos. Worth buying just for String Quartet #2, though the whole album makes rewarding listening."
Nyman: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3 & 4 / If & Why
Nyman: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3 & 4 / If & Why
"A strikingly raw sound from the Lyric Quartet contrasts with Nyman's deftly melodic lines. Nyman proves himself Glass's equal with these marvellous quartets. Skip the sugary last two tracks though."
Glass: Satyagraha - Opera in Three Acts
Glass: Satyagraha - Opera in Three Acts
"While I don't necessarily agree with Glass's idealistic view of Gandhi, this opera is a beautifully crystalline work, full of trademark Glass. I keep saying "rich", but that's what this is."
Reich: Tehillim
Reich: Tehillim
"Untypical of Reich, but surpassingly beautiful. Simple yet simultaneously intricate."
Dracula
Dracula
"The Kronos Quartet and Glass meet again for this thoughtful film score. Thrilling, spooky and sad without being cheesy, melodramatic or obvious."
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3
"Dark, dynamic and stirring, with a stratospheric third movement and bombastic fourth."
Glass: Violin Concerto/Bernstein: Serenade/Rorem: Violin Concerto
Glass: Violin Concerto/Bernstein: Serenade/Rorem: Violin Concerto
"Glass's often-derided violin concerto is a stately, refined affair, hushed and intimate. Skifully played here by Kramer. You'll be hanging on every note."
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
"Hypnotic without for a minute being soporific, this is a truly flawless work that fully demonstrates the high level of craftsmanship of both Reich himself and the ensemble. Astounding."
The Piano
The Piano
"Philip Glass could learn something about piano minimalism from Nyman here. This beats Metamorphosis hands down! Don't bother watching the film though. Yawn."
Philip Glass: The Concerto Project Vol. 1
Philip Glass: The Concerto Project Vol. 1
"I thought this timpani concerto would be an amusing novelty, but it's a very strong work, driving and dynamic. It's well partnered with the earthy cello concerto, deftly played by Julian Lloyd-Webber."