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Product Details

  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (March 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B001THW5EC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The complete Philip Glass score to the Glass-Tharp ballet In the Upper Room. The 1986 ballet was never released entirely, just an abbreviated version on Sony. This new Orange Mountain Music recording is on all acoustic instruments without synthesized reinforced orchestral sound. The first truly recording of the ever popular ballet.

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Musically, the ballet is full of trademark Glass elements with its short repeated phrases, arpegiated rhythms and strong orchestrations.
Louie Bourland
Perhaps someone who already owns the original release might question whether this is worth the purchase and I can wholeheartedly say that it is.
Douglas Burkett
It's one of the most beautiful dance scores I've ever listened to; While Twyla Tharp's original choreography is one of my all time favorites.
Martin Weyers

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on April 2, 2009
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Philip Glass's 1986 ballet "In The Upper Room" is arguably the composer's greatest dance work and one in long line of successful collaborations with renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp.
Five movements of this dynamic work were initially released on the 1986 Glass album "Dance Pieces" with the original orchestration enhanced by synthesized sounds to give the music a more 'commercial' vibe.
Now, 23 years after its debut, Philip Glass and his label Orange Mountain Music have released the full nine-movement original scoring of "In The Upper Room" for the first time ever. This new recording strips away the synthesized enhancements and presents the music as Glass originally intended.
Musically, the ballet is full of trademark Glass elements with its short repeated phrases, arpegiated rhythms and strong orchestrations. This is especially apparent in the fourth and ninth movements with their triumphant upbeat themes and variations. Indeed, this can also be said of the rest of the work as the full version is a revelation compared to the individual movements released on the "Glass Pieces" album.
Long time Glass fans will find this CD to be a real treat and a worthwhile addition to their collection. For those just discovering Philip Glass, this is one CD that can be recommended as a solid introduction to his theater work. The only minor complaint I have is the fact that this CD runs for under 40-minutes. The high quality of the music does more than make up for this CD's short length and shows Philip Glass at a high point in his creative powers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin Weyers on March 23, 2009
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"In the Upper Room" is a secular modern dance piece from 1986, it's title being inspired by a highly spiritual song: "In the Upper Room", sung by Mahalia Jackson.

It's one of the most beautiful dance scores I've ever listened to; While Twyla Tharp's original choreography is one of my all time favorites. It plays beautifully with traditional mythic symbols, and elements from classic and modern dance.

Some of the pieces have been released previously on another CD, but incomplete, and reinforced with synthesized tracks. While I love listening to those synthesized tracks too, it's amazing to listen to the original acoustic score, the way it was originally intended by the composer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Cochran on May 15, 2009
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I've been waiting for a complete "Upper Room" ever since seeing the American Ballet Theater version premiere in 1988. I can never forget the stunned reaction of the audience at the close of the work, followed immediately by an explosion of thunderous applause, cheering, and a standing ovation (standing ovations being somewhat rarer in 1988 than today). It's that kind of work.

I'm happy to say that for dances I-VIII this version improves on the synthesizer-enhanced tracks Tharp used for performances in those days (and which subsequently became available on "Dancepieces"). The result on dance IX, which had the heaviest and most obvious synthesizer track, is less happy for me. Something is missing from the overall feel that I've become so familiar with over the years....but that's perhaps just me.

Anyway, for the Glass enthusiast this will be a treasured addition; for the novice, you could pick many much worse starting points for a journey into Glass. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Mahan on December 4, 2009
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This is music, recently re-recorded and conducted by long-time Glassman Michael Riesman, originally written for a Twyla Tharp ballet done back in the mid 1980s. As a result of its time frame, the music is more akin to the purist minimalism of the time, which is a style of music based on gradual change over more rapid repetition. It is a beautifully hypnotic approach to music, and one that is absent from much of Glass's more recent orchestral works.

There is a difference between this score and that of the original music. This recording is all acoustic, whereas the original used synthesizers to "thicken" the sound for the thirteen dancers.

If you have the album "Dance Pieces", you have five of the nine movements of this work as it was originally recorded. This CD contains all nine movements, and, of course, without the synthetics, is somewhat more sparse in nature.

Some movements are performed with strings, others with brass and woodwinds. I think my favorite is the brass work in the third movement, short as it may be. But the work is at its best when all three elements (strings, winds, and brass) combine to create an elegant orchestral layering of sounds, hypnotic yet beautiful, repetitive yet eternal in its cyclic nature. This is best seen in "Dance IV" and the gorgeous concluding "Dance XI", which also includes a female vocalist.

The only real sad part is the brevity of the recording. Although 38 minutes was a standard album length in the pre-CD age, it just seems like it is over and done all too quickly.

(4.5 stars out of 5)

MC Mahan
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Gray on March 17, 2010
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Folks, I must confess, I bought this anticipating bliss. Must say I was disappointed. Heresy, I much prefer the older synthesizer versions, with the pulsating bass beat and a total sense of aliveness and passion.

This version sounds like a chamber ensemble, very genteel with its soul ripped out.

It may be more "authentic" but that doesn't make it better IMHO.
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