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Philip on Film Box set


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  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00005O1EU
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Koyaanisqatsi - The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
2. Organic - The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
3. Cloudscape - The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
4. Resource - The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Serra Pelado - Joe Passaro
2. The Title - Joe Passaro
3. Anthem - Part 1 - Joe Passaro
4. That Place - Joe Passaro
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Dracula - Kronos Quartet
2. Journey To The Inn - Kronos Quartet
3. The Inn - Kronos Quartet
4. The Crypt - Kronos Quartet
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Ouverture - Gregory Purnhagen
2. Les Soeurs - Gregory Purnhagen
3. Le Damande En Mariage D'Avenant - Gregory Purnhagen
4. Le Voyage Du Pere - Gregory Purnhagen
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. The Beginning - Michael Riesman
2. Perpetual Motion - Michael Riesman
3. The Witness - Michael Riesman
4. Sand Mandala - Gyuto Monks, Monks Of The Drukpa Order
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Editorial Reviews

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The best-known soundtracks of composer Philip Glass have stood the test of time extremely well. Today, we associate Koyaanisqatsi as much with Glass's vast soundscape as we do with director Godfrey Reggio's haunting images. Philip on Film gathers three complete Glass scores--Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Dracula, along with selections from La Belle et la Bête, Anima Mundi, Kundun, Mishima, The Secret Agent, The Thin Blue Line, and a handful of short films.

The Glass trademarks--those machinelike arpeggios; that familiar, if odd, electronic keyboard sound; the influence of non-Western vocal techniques--are all here. Glass has forged his own unmistakable style of epic-sounding minimalism, but it never gets stale. A few unreleased tracks on Philip on Film will serve hardcore Glass fans (who probably already own most of these works), including "Facades" from Godfrey Reggio's Evidence and a track each from Atom Egoyan's Diaspora and Peter Greenaway's The Man in the Bath. --Jason Verlinde

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By svf on October 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
...it is worth considering this "limited edition (?)" box set, consisting of 99.5% previously released (and seperately available) material. Here you will find:
Disc 1: Koyaanisqatsi (complete 1998 recording)
Disc 2: Powaqqatsi (complete)
Disc 3: Dracula (complete)
Disc 4: La Belle et La Bete (about an hour of it)
Disc 5: Various excerpts from: Anima Mundi, Kundun, The Secret Agent, Mishima (3 tracks each), the Thin Blue Line (1 track), and 3 "previously unreleased" soundtrack selections.
The "unreleased" stuff consists of: a 5 minute "re-recording" of Facades with synthesizers instead of real strings and fewer repeats, and two 7 minute trifles also for lots of synthesizers which were apparently soundtracks to recent short films.
The rest of it runs the gamut from the best of Phil (Koyaanisqatsi, Dracula, Mishima, Secret Agent) to the worst of Phil (Powaqqatsi, Anima Mundi) and just wishy-washy Phil (Kundun, La Belle et La Bete).
The packaging is remarkably cheap and flimsy: a very thin cardboard "box" housing five mostly black glossy cardboard sleeves with tiny reproductions of the original cover art on them. The booklet is short and not very informative, either.
This may be the right thing for you if: you want a good overview of Phil's soundtrack works for a relatively low price per disc, you don't already have most of these individual CDs, and you don't really care about having the complete versions of Belle et Bete and the other excerpted soundtracks (this was me.)
Overall, however, a surprisingly unsubstantial and unnecessary collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brett Stewart on December 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everyone who thinks of this as purely a repackaged box set doesn't fully understand the nature of this set. In the introduction, Philip Glass mentions that most of the works represented is from a series of concerts where the music is interpreted live while the movie is presented on a screen behind the performers. I personally attented these performances in Austin, TX and was very pleased with the results. The first night consisted of the Shorts, or the 5th disc of this set. The Man in the Bath, Passages, Evidence (Facades with synth), Diaspora, and Anima Mundi where all performed live by The Philip Glass ensemble with the movie itself in the background. The following 4 performances where of Powaqqasti, Le Belle et La Bete, Dracula, and Koyaanisqatsi. Seeing these films with the music has shed a new light on these scores for me, because I had previously heard almost all of them, but to the recording at hand.
This set of discs is something you might pick up at a live concert of your favorite local band, representing what they played that night in studio recording. This set of discs was released to accompany Philip's current world tour of Philip On Film. Although almost all of it has been released previously, this isn't just a way to make a "quick buck". This is a great way to get most of the music played at these performances and, most of all, is a bargin way to get a lot of his best music to date. I also don't personally agree with the "highlights" idea with Belle and Mundi, but to a person wanting post-Einstein Glass, this is a good way to start. Also, I would think that anyone who believes that Glass has written the same music since Einstein needs to listen more and generalize less because there is a wealth of music out there that you may not realize exists.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
John Adams and Steve Reich were first introduced to me in detail through their respective Nonesuch 10-disc re-releases of previous material. These box sets were never intended to be some new experience for the seasoned Adams and Reich fans, but were instead created either to introduce these artists to those of us who hadn't previously heard their works or to serve as a nicely packaged collector's item.
Like both of the aforementioned box sets, the Philip on Film box set contains complete selections of a few recordings, some new material, and some other works stripped down (either by editing the tracks or by including a few complete tracks from each work). While this package could have easily been ten discs long, evidently Nonesuch was only interested in including those recordings which were featured on the Philip on Film Tour.
I encourage any new Glass listener to purchase this great set: it served as a superb intro to his works for me, as did the Adams and Reich sets.
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