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Glass: Concerto For Cello and Orchestra No.1

Wendy Sutter , Philip Glass , Dante Anzolini , Orchestra of the Americas Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Americas
  • Conductor: Dante Anzolini
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B0055UBGCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Movement I
2. Movement II
3. Movement III

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In this new recording, Philip Glass' 2001 Cello Concerto No.1 gets a vivid and exciting new interpretation by cellist Wendy Sutter, with conductor Dante Anzolini, and the Orchestra of the Americas. Glass' concerto was previously recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Julian Lloyd Webber under Gerard Schwarz. The piece was composed in 2001 and premiered in Beijing with Lloyd Webber, however Glass couldn't attend because of travel fears immediately following the terror attacks in New York. Eventually, seven years later, Glass finally heard his concerto performed live at its United States premiere in La Jolla with Wendy Sutter and the La Jolla Symphony under Steven Schick. The concerto has since found a second life with Sutter performing the piece in Belgium, Holland, at the Cabrillo Festival of Music under Marin Alsop, and on tour in South America with the Orchestra of the Americas. It was on this tour, in Quito Ecuador that this Michael Riesman produced recording was made.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Passionate Concerto, A Dramatic Performance December 25, 2011
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In his more recent compositions, Glass has become lyrical, profound, sometimes brooding, sometimes bright, and intense. His concerti have given soloists opportunities for dramatic expression. This Cello Concerto is such an example, especially with the gritty bowing technique and encompassing, passionate interpretation by Wendy Sutter, who has made the concerto her own, repeatedly performing the work with different orchestras. Some 31 minutes in duration, the concerto is strong, complex in development, and often beautiful. Its three movements are largely of one driving temperament. The last two minutes of Movement I is gripping, even suspenseful. The longer, slower Movement II reaches into romanticism. The orchestra commences the shortest Movement III as an intensifying engine and includes castanets. Sutter matches the propulsion with verve to a rapid, sudden finish with four orchestral chords and a cello flourish. Orchestra of the Americas, led by Dante Anzolini, is very fine, and the recording of July 31, 2010 in Quito, Ecuador, is also excellent, with Sutter up front but balanced with the orchestra.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A CLOSE TO ESSENTIAL RECORDING BY GLASS April 5, 2012
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From an email to a friend . . .

I picked up three Philip Glass albums and all are good. All three feature cellist Wendy Sutter, the musical director for the Glass Ensemble.

The first is Songs and Poems for Solo Cello. It contains a suite for unaccompanied cello ("Songs and Poems...") plus a piece for cello with minimal accompaniment by percussion and piano ("Tissues (from Naqoyqatsu)..."). It won't replace my Rostropovich playing Bach suites for unaccompanied cello or Truls Mork's superb rendition of Benjamin Britten's three suites for unaccompanied cello, but it's pleasant listening. Glass's signature style works well with the diminished lineup.

Glass's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (2011) features Sutter on cello with Dante Anzoni conducting the Orchestra of the Americas. Aside from Sutter's cello parts, which are uniformly stunning --my what a tone she has!-- it's standard fare Glass, which is a pretty good thing. The strings, augmented by brass or reeds, pump out an ostinato backdrop to the lead instrument's cadenzas; there is a brief but lovely solo violin passage in the second movement that moves into a brooding solo by Sutter on cello; Glass changes around the instrumentation pretty regularly and uses percussion --even castanets in one movement-- as accent.

The third album is a definite winner. The Glass Chamber Players (2010) --two violins, two violas, two cellos-- plays first Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklarte Nacht" (1899) and then Glass's Sextet for Strings, which is a reworking of his Symphony No. 3. In a democratic gesture, the players who are firsts on one piece play seconds on the other, and vice versa. The Schoenberg piece is the winner, not because Glass's piece is bad but because the Schoenberg piece is so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion of Glass December 16, 2011
I used to see the Glass cello concerto as really secondary in relation to the outstanding violin and piano concerti, but Sutter has changed my view. Sutter lets loose the passion in the concerto and in so doing discovers its lyricism. If you still think that Glass just composes cool and mechanical mechanical music, this recording will change your mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glass cello concerto No.1 August 9, 2013
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Beautiful recording of a beautiful work. As a cellist myself, I know how difficult it is to record the cello, but in this CD full justice is done to the warm tone of the very fine cellist. I would recommend it to all lovers of this instrument.
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