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Glass: Itaipu; The Canyon
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I have a friend who loves Philip Glass and has played several pieces (particularily opera) for me, which I didn't care for and frankly found annoying. I had written Glass off.
Then, the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, played The Canyon as part of their 1999 show and won the World Championship with it. It was one of the greatest things, if not the greatest, I had ever heard played by a drum and bugle corps.
Therefore, I had to have The Canyon. I went into this thinking I would be buying a cd that is largely not the Canyon and not liking it. Well, this cd is beautiful and Itaipu is quite thrilling in its own right. Very creative and innovative. Like The Canyon, it is very loud at times and thrills with orchestral fire power.
The rhythms are odd, repetative, but alter slightly within the passages...very developing from start of finish..especially the Canyon, which builds and changes and builds and changes, on and on. Quite exquisite.
This cd has proved that Glass is a worthy composer who will no doubt be heard for centuries to come. Afterall, Mozart was "written off" in his day and now is regarded as the worlds greatest composer.
Glass is a new adventure I will undertake. The trick is finding what Glass works for me. Feel free to email me with suggestions or thoughts.
The extensive choral work is written in the language of the Giuranni Indians. Glass often chooses obscure languages for the effect of "distance." People who obsess over the choral pieces of "Carmina Burana" and/or "The Mission" soundtrack, will probably enjoy "Itaipu" a lot.
Both of the works here are sterling examples of Glass' soundscape pallet, with "Itaipu" being a choral work inspired by the building of a hydroelectric dam in Paraguay and sung in the Guarani Indian dialect of that region, and "The Canyon" being more of a symphonic tone poem representation of an imaginary canyon. Utilizing large orchestral and choral forces, Glass came up with some of his best work. And he fortunately found a champion in conductor Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (where Shaw was music director from 1967 to 1991) and the A.S.O. Chorus. Both works received their world premiere recordings here on this 1994 Sony recording, in which Shaw and his Atlanta orchestra proved themselves to be one of the great conductor/orchestral combines in classical music.
Given its similarity to motion picture music, minimalist music of the sort that Glass practices should not seem so unappreciable. It's definitely appreciable here.
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The chorus are in excellent form and the mix is very clear. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.Published 12 months ago by M W.
This CD was excellent but a little shy on bass response--same was true of the original CD--performances outstanding-Great choral singing and matchless orchestral support--what one... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Elmer Fugman
I first heard this work on NPR and it caught me by surprise how much it grabbed me. Love it!Published on January 30, 2013 by william K. Keuhn
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