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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
  • Label: ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC
  • ASIN: B00415AWXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Philip Glass I know is somewhat of a `Marmite composer' - even among his fans (of whom I am one) and this particular piece of work appears to be even more Marmiteish than most.

Some regretted the early Glass turning away from much more avant-garde work, following instead a combination of minimalism and extreme romanticism, finding him become too accessible perhaps, or too formulaic, as the rushes and the glittery shimmers and repetitions he is known for, plus his lyricism, has meant he has often been the background to film, TV and commercial, with snippets of works getting regular airings.

Personally, I find his trademarks work for me well, and have only once felt he was running a little on empty and plagiarising himself - his 2011 opera The Perfect American - but that is possibly because I can't imagine anything from Glass, in operatic form, can match Satyagraha, where the subject matter (Gandhi) met the elevation of the music. The Perfect American portrayed Disney, a darker, less elevated individual than others (Einstein, Gandhi, Akhnaten) who have been a useful fit for Glass, a Buddhist, in his operas

This particular piece was written for the American violinist Robert McDuffie in 2009 and is referred to as `The American Four Seasons. McDuffie had been interested in a piece which would serve as a `companion' to Vivaldi's popular work, but it was not, as far as I understand, composed as any kind of variation on Vivaldi - it was merely a work in four movements.

McDuffie did connect it more to the Vivaldi piece. Glass created a set of four solo pieces for the violin (specifically for McDuffie) to stand in place of violinist cadenzas within pieces.
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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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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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I had bought the Gidon Kremer reading but found the recording a bit lacking in clarity, so came back to this McDuffie reading where the recording is excellent. Listening to the two versions side by side there is little to choose between them. Perhaps Gidon Kremer gets more emotion into the tone of violin, but I loved them both.
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