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Glass: Songs from the Trilogy

Philip Glass Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Protest from SatyagrahaDouglas Perry 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Evening Song from SatyagrahaDouglas Perry 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hymn To The Sun from AkhnatenPaul Esswood 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Trial - Prison from Einstein on the Beach (Album Version)Philip Glass Ensemble 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Akhnaten And Nefertiti from AkhnatenPaul Esswood 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kuru Field Of Justice from SatyagrahaDouglas Perry 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Knee 1 from Einstein on the Beach (Album Version)Philip Glass Ensemble 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tolstoy Farm from SatyagrahaDouglas Perry 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Window Of Appearances from Akhnaten (Album Version)Paul Esswood 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bed from Einstein on the BeachPhilip Glass Ensemble 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Epilogue from Akhnaten (Album Version)Paul Esswood 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Knee 5 from Einstein on the Beach (Album Version)Philip Glass Ensemble 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026Y7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and wonderful avant-garde opera May 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Man . . . how the hell do I start?
This is a collection of pieces from three operas scored by Philip Glass: "Satyagraha," "Akhnaten" and "Einstein on the Beach." They're about spiritual and moral pioneers: Ghandi in South Africa, the Egyptian leader who introduced monotheism and, well, Einstein.
I haven't seen these; I'm not sure if I'd like them. But some of these pieces are so stunningly beautiful and profound that I feel like looking up the full scores.
Not for everybody, especially the bits from Einstein, which consist of barely audible and repetitive muttering to the accompanyment of a chorus chanting numbers. Damn cool.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cream of the cream January 19, 2006
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The three operas comprising Glass' trilogy are something special, but this disc of arias from those three operas is even better. The selections themselves, the pacing of the sequencing, and absolutely top-drawer performances make this a standout disc. It's a great introduction disc for those seeking to learn more about Philip Glass's operas without having to invest in the full length recordings, although Akhnaten especially is a masterpiece and more than worthy of the price for the complete opera. I've given this disc to many friends and received only grateful raves, even from those already familiar with Glass' music. Douglas Perry's singing deserves special mention; his singing of Evening Song from Satyagraha is perfect in every way, with immaculate phrasing and a kind of passion of restraint that is mesmerizing. Glass' intentions are deceptive to the ear; he is master of a simplicity that keeps giving. The selections from Einstein on the Beach are richly complex; even after years of listening, new directions continue to appear in the score, each time revealing another dimension, an idea not really noticed before will suddenly become clear and engaging, creating a wonderfully familiar listening experience. Beautiful stuff. The melismatic Bed aria from Einstein on the Beach is a joy, heartbreaking as it is. Milagro Vargas contributes passionate singing in the Window of Appearances, and some marvelous ensemble singing is generously spread throughout the entire disc. Glass' best work may be found in his opera scores, and this disc presents the cream of the cream. Check it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best November 30, 1999
By ljsh
Format:Audio CD
I would say this is Mr. Glass' best work. The songs are simply beautiful. The orchestration is rich and complex, yet gives a tranquil quality. I highly recommend this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and lush! June 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is my favorite Philip Glass album. I remember the discordance of "Glassworks" in the early 1980s when Philip Glass became more well known with Steve Reich, John Adams, and other "minimalist" composers. Somewhere along the line, Glass has lost a lot of the real shocking discordance that he used to express energy. Some individuals cannot stand Glass's music and lament about its repetitive (and therefore boring) nature. Repetition is the real seed of this music. The repetition by itself can be a simple and beautiful thing, just like a fugue. Then it grows and blossoms out into various new and unexpected ways. I think that Glass really stuns the listener by using the speaking voice as an instrument. Voices read at times. The importance is in the sound of the voice, not the meaning of what is being read. It's an intellectual exercise as well as a lush and beautiful garden of sound and movement. Listen to it and experience its simple beauties. This is not country music. This is not "traditional" opera. It's a work of creativity and sensitivity. Shut your eyes and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass WOWS bigtime May 27, 2012
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I'm a long-time fan of Philip Glass' music. Even flew to Stuttgart for his opera trilogy. I love this CD! It's all the best "songs" from the trilogies and a great way to introduce the composer to newbies. Awsome! Beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the music December 2, 2008
By Will
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ArckivMusic shows 146 recordings of the music of Phillip Glass available on its site. (Not that you shouldn't shop here).

This is a great place to start. The music from Akhnaten is just beautiful -- especially the Hymn to the Sun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Philip Glass music
I love especially the songs from Satyagraha. My favorite is "evening Song." Too beautiful for words. I love to fall asleep listening to it.
Published 1 month ago by D. Youssef
5.0 out of 5 stars CLEAR GLASS!
Music is very personal. I love the music of Philip Glass. Admittedly it is unusual. This CD is for people who like Philip Glass. They won't be disappointed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Len Levinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Listened to it three times the day I got it
I especially love the songs from Satyagraha. I wish I could get more Phillip Glass on MP3, there's a dearth of great stuff in the format that works best in my peripatetic life.
Published 6 months ago by Lucy A. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music and Singing!
Superb collection of the best from Philip Glass' operatic trilogy; "Einstein on the Beach," "Satyagraha" and "Akhnaten." A must buy!
Published 10 months ago by William L. Elkins
5.0 out of 5 stars _confluence of vocal beauty...
a good idea presenting select pieces from these three operas by composer philip glass. the operas are "einstein on the beach", 1978. "satyagraha", 1984. "akhnaten", 1987. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mark Zika
4.0 out of 5 stars Real live electric combustion
Alright people listen up... This is Dusty Tex Tumbleweed of the American Funboys and I have a thing or two which I would like to share with all the Philip Glass fans out there... Read more
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