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  • Performer: Richard Salter (Magistrate), Eugene Perry (Colonel Joll), Michael Tews (Officer Mandel), Elvira Soukop (Barbarian Girl), Kelly God (The Cook), et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra & Chorus of the Theater Erfurt
  • Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • 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: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B0018C6QY8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Philip Glass' 2005 opera, Waiting for the Barbarians is based on the 1980 novel by Nobel Prize winning South African writer J.M. Coetzee (Disgrace, Life & Times of Michael K) with a libretto by Academy-Award winning playwright Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement). Waiting for the Barbarians is a harrowing allegory of the war between oppressors and the oppressed. The protagonist is a loyal civil servant who conscientiously runs the affairs of a tiny frontier garrison town, ignoring the threat of impending war with the so-called barbarians, a neighboring tribe of nomads. But with the arrival of a special unit of the Civil Guard spreading the rumor that the barbarians are preparing to attack, he becomes witness to the cruel and illegal treatment of prisoners of war. Torture is used to obtain confessions from the barbarian prisoners, thus "proving" the necessity of the planned campaign against the tribe. Jolted into sympathy for the victims, the old man decides to take a stand. He attempts to maintain a final shred of decency and dignity by bringing home a barbarian girl, crippled by torture and nearly blind, and subsequently returning her to her people - an act of individual amends. This dangerous act brands him forever as a traitor after which he himself becomes a victim of public humiliation and torture.

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Waiting for the Barbarians is filled with disquieting and timely resonances. The story deals with the comfortable Magistrate of a frontier town at the outer limits of a nameless empire. He comes into conflict with a military force sent to wage war against the barbarians : wild outsiders who have been deemed a threat to the empire s security --New York Times

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Cohodas on June 3, 2008
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Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton have adapted J. M. Coetzee's parable about power and inhumanity in an opera that staggers in both dramatic power and beauty. The story is set in a town on the fringes of a nameless Empire that is in the process of expanding over the lands of wandering peoples called The Barbarians. As settlers encroach on grazing lands, the Barbarians are led to raid a few cattle, the same solution that Native Americans were forced into as European settlers forged westward. The Empire's response is very contemporary, however, fabricating a threat and confirming it through "confessions" made under torture. As the army takes over and terrorizes the town, its inhabitants are fanned into a frenzy of fear that allows them to accept militarization as normal and necessary. The town's Magistrate is overwhelmed by both guilt and confusion which he attempts to assuage by befriending the Barbarian Girl, a young woman who had been partially crippled and partially blinded by the torture. When the Magistrate returns the Barbarian Girl to her people, he is accused of treason for aiding the enemy, and he is himself imprisoned and tortured, a process he accepts as both expiation and education. When the army, defeated by the desert, abandons the town, a wiser Magistrate begins to lead the people back to normalcy imbued with a new sense of justice.

The musical style of Waiting for the Barbarians is far removed from that of Philip Glass's famous early trio of operas, Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, and Akhnaten, since it relies on a continuously moving dramatic narrative rather than set pieces. The orchestration is ravishingly melodic with amazingly varied orchestral colours, against which the vocal line provides a counterpoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seeker of Good Things on August 19, 2011
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Before I lay into Philip Glass's "Waiting for the Barbarians", let me tell you where I'm coming from. I love his more "fusion" work, his pieces that aren't 100% minimalist. Where many prefer Einstein on the Beach, I love his Beauty and the Beast, his 5th Symphony and Satyagraha. Glass is always torn between the forces of heaven and hell, of angelic perfection and crude noise. Sometimes he leans more towards one or the other, be it in his orchestral harmonic works or his minimalist ones... But he is at his most interesting when he leans toward either extreme. His last opera, The Voyage, I found to be a muddle. WFTB is, by that standard a step in the right direction.

The bleakness and frequent claustrophobia of the piece suit the subject well (unlike the Voyage), and while not a work of beauty, WFTB is often haunting and provoking, but like much of Glass's recent catalog it sometimes makes you feel the composer himself does not know where he is headed. The problem with his minimalist roots is that they leave Mr Glass dangerously vulnerable to self-parody and repetition. Add to that a very substantial body of work (far exceeding the amount of music composers like Bartok or Stravinsky wrote in their lives), and inspirational exhaustion is bound to happen.

If you love his past work, try this. As a first entry into the world of Philip Glass, it might prove a bit difficult, and his score to The Hours might work far better. Not a complete failure, but not the success we were hoping for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William E. Mayer on November 24, 2010
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As a long-time fan of Philip Glass, I looked forward to this recording. I was very pleased with the performance, character and very moving story of the opera itself. The problem I had, at least with the copy I received, is that Track 10 on Disc I ("To demonstrate our strength....")is repeated as Track 10 on Disc II instead of the Track ("You don't have to go")that should be there. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I have an extensive collection of classical CD's and have never run into this problem previously.
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This is a recording of the spectacular world premiere production in Erfurt, Germany.
the capital city of Thueringen. It was magical and riveting from start to finish.
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By Fanis Nezeritis on October 15, 2014
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The second disk (disk 2) is missing. It weren't in the envelope.
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