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Etudes for Piano Vol. 1 No. 1-10

August 7, 2007 | Format: MP3

$8.99
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
3:27
30
2
4:55
30
3
4:54
30
4
4:39
30
5
5:44
30
6
4:55
30
7
5:29
30
8
4:52
30
9
3:31
30
10
6:21
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • Total Length: 48:47
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000UWSU7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,441 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cooper on August 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The other reviews here that criticize Glass's performances of the études are right in their collective assertion that the playing is somewhat sloppy and riddled with minor technical mistakes, but its these that, I feel, make it an incredibly charming work to listen to.

These performances are an oddly charming depiction of the humanity and soul that Glass provides his music. These qualities are often hard to pick up in his work, but these raw performances exaggerate them and make his love for the music palpable at last. As the composer, Glass is free to perform these pieces as he likes and what he lacks in technical prowess is made up for by these truly engaging performances.

Etude #3 is a good demonstration of this where a rehash of a previously somber theme (which recalls Interlude from Orphee (Act II Scene 5) somewhat) turns into an exciting carousel piece due to the syncopated nature of Glass's performance.

There is an incredible warmth to this album. The sound is good, Glass plays with an imperfect passion, and it makes for excellent music to ponder or work to.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Vince Leo on April 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Philip Glass wrote Etudes to take on the road, and in the process stripped everything from minimalism but two hands and a piano. Enriched by this most basic constraint, each etude reveals a musical presence that is both austere and melodic, obsessivley structured and surpisingly open ended. Glass wears his influences on his sleve, but something tells me Chopin isn't complaining. Without hype or flash, Glass continues to push the definition of the cultural moment; reminding us that the essential tool of music is not technology or style but an ability to listen and to imagine a listener unike any other. Etudes is quiet, but approach carefully and you can hear Philip Glass listening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schulman on January 11, 2009
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In about 2000, I attended a Philip Glass performance of his Etudes. They are relatively simple compared with much of his other work, just solo piano, but more than anything else, they have more of a melodic line. It was a treat to actually see him perform these studies, and I have never grown tired of hearing them on CD. I believe he mentioned that he was almost finished writing another ten etudes but I haven't heard about them. He wrote the first ten for himself, so that he could have something to play he himself toured. This might sound like an un-Philip Glass comment to make, but they very much reminded me of Beethoven! Anything but 5 stars means you haven't listened to them!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Chiu on September 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'll get out the negative stuff first, then I'll say what I like about it. I'm also a huge fan of Philip Glass, but I think this is one of his poorer recordings. On certain songs, there is an annoying tinging sound when the piano notes are hit. (e.g. beginning of Etude 8) In addition, and this is what bugs me the most, there are parts where Glass makes small mistakes. I have the utmost respect for Glass, and absolutely adore his compositions. But as a pianist, his technique leaves much to be desired.
Now on to the positive parts. My favorite songs are Etude 5, 6 and 8. A good portion of these songs are piano transcriptions from a recording he composed for Uakti a few years ago. This recording might disappoint you if you're looking for a whole CDs worth of new songs. Etude 6 is by far my favorite...Glass's playing is incredibly powerful and emotional, it'll take your breath away. It's almost worth the entire CD. Etude 5 and 8 are beautiful to listen to...very soothing. The other songs to me were decent, nothing too spectacular. So overall, it's a mixed bag.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'll start by saying that this is some of the most beautiful and complexly expressive music I've heard in a very long time.
I am a big fan of PG and eagerly await recordings of newer pieces like the Tirol Concerto, Symphony No. 6 (Plutonian Ode) and the next set of Piano Etudes mentioned in the liner notes of this recording.
These Etudes will most likely not please those fans that cling strongly to the idea that PG is a minimalist composer. The sheer amount of different aspects/elements of music (rhythm, texture, form, melody, harmony) given full attention in these pieces, as well as other concert pieces of the last 10-15 years, put this music into a completely different category than minimalism.
Simply put, these pieces express contemporary emotions by contemporary means. There is no gimmick or simple handle to hold on to this music. It is full and complete music.
I have recently read 'Glass - A Portrait' by Robert Maycock, which I purchased right here on Amazon.com. One overwhelmingly restated point is the fact that Glass has not considered himself a minimalist composer since the very early days of his composing career. I am agreeing with that point more and more as I review and contemplate my PG recording collection. This recording of the Etudes is a stand-out example of this point. I don't know of any other composition by PG that features such a complete surrender to the expression of emotion and feeling that is so apparent in this collection of pieces for solo piano.
I will take a chance and say that PG's solo piano music is likely the part of his catalogue that resides closest to his heart. Most of it was composed specifically for performance by himself. He acknowledges that about these pieces.
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