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  • Performer: Alter Ego Ensemble
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stradivarius
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • ASIN: B000066TX0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Strung Out (For Amplified Violin)
3. Piece In The Shape Of A Square (For Two Flutes)
4. Gradus (For Bass Clarinet)
5. Music In Contrary Motion (For Ensemble)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "gloselle" on September 26, 2002
This disc recreates an early recital concert of Philip Glass' music. The performances and recording are very good, and the whole experience is worthwhile.
Those new to Glass and his peculiar esthetic are encouraged to look at one of his more broadly appealing collections, however: this is a disc for fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2003
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I'm a huge fan of Philip Glass's early works (up to and including Einstein) so when this CD came out, I just about popped my top! After listening to it a few times, I can give it 3 stars.
Hard core Glass fans will recognize the first and last piece as both are on the Nonesuch recording entitled "Two Pages". Here they are rescored and extremely well played for the Alter Ego Ensemble. I've always liked "Music in Similar Motion but found the Nonesuch recording to be a bit weak (and the lower saxes out of tune?!). This recording is much better. Same with "Contrary Motion" which as anyone who's heard it knows is oh-so difficult to play. The ensemble is flawless and stayed true to what I'm sure Glass had in mind.
"Piece in the shape of a square" was alright but this piece is extremely sparse. It takes a few listenings to get used to. "Gradus" and "Strung out" are extremely difficult to handle (and this, coming from someone who listens to "Music with changing parts" every few weeks). Essentially, they are bass clarinet and violin, respectively, playing single notes in a scale in bizarre rythmic and melodic variations. Those who like "Two Pages" and the early works will be used to hearing some additive system. There's none here.
But for the outside tracks and "Piece in the shape of a square", well worth it!! Maybe I'll just have to listen to the other two before I appreciate them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IRate on December 17, 2008
It is obvious that this is not for initiates. The majority of stark repetitions here represent the composer at his most unflatteringly primitive, save for one, possibly two tracks. Even so, if one approaches with openness and perspective, even this glorified demo disc contains much hypnotic pocketing sandwiched between unfortunate minimalist excess.
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