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Low Symphony From The Music Of David Bowie & Brian Eno

Philip Glass , David Bowie , Brian Eno , Dennis Russell Davies , Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Glass: Low Symphony (From The Music Of David Bowie And Brian Eno) - 1. SubterraneansThe Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra15:13Album Only
listen  2. Glass: Low Symphony (From The Music Of David Bowie And Brian Eno) - 2. Some AreThe Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra11:20Album Only
listen  3. Glass: Low Symphony (From The Music Of David Bowie And Brian Eno) - 3. WarszawaThe Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra16:01Album Only

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
  • Composer: Philip Glass, David Bowie, Brian Eno
  • Audio CD (February 16, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000040US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Glass finds inspiration for his music in the strangest places. Here, he has taken his themes for the Low Symphony from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno, specifically from their album entitled Low. You needn't be familiar with (or like) the work of Bowie or Eno to appreciate this piece, which is in three movements: Subterrraneans, Some Are, and Warszawa. Glass doesn't quote the borrowed themes directly, but lets them generate their own variations- -which he's very good at. This is an unexpected success and a grand delight. --Paul Cook

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Highs of Low July 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the very rare adaptations of rock themes to not be an embarrassment to its source or to its appropriator. I say this as someone who frequently finds himself choking on symphonic "tributes" and the like that have cluttered record bins. You know the sort of CD I am talking about. Symphonic tributes to Pink Floyd, Queen, Alan Parsons, The Moody Blues...all sounding saccharine and cloying, all disposable after about two days.

Not so with Philip Glass and "The Low Symphony." While Glass took a few of the main themes from Bowie/Eno's album and then building them with themes of his own, Glass structured the three movements of his first-ever symphony with hypnotic grace. You'll recognize the subtle points of Bowie's work (especially in "Warszawa"), but you'll also find yourself being mesmerized by the way Glass captured them in his own inimitable fashion.

Back in 1993, while I was writing for a broadcasting trade paper, I rated "The Low Symphony" as one of my Top Ten Records of that year. It sat in the list alongside of Sting's "Ten Summoner's Tales," Elvis Costello's "The Juliet Letters," John Hiatt's "Perfectly Good Guitar" and "Spilt Milk" by Jellyfish. I still find myself reaching for this CD in the moments when I need calm. It remains that influential for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and familiar, surprisingly so October 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As an avid Brian Eno and David Bowie Fan, and being only marginally aware of Philip Glass as a contemporary composer, I was surprised by this recording. I expected the basic melodies to be either missing, obscured, or altered beyond recognition. I was wrong. The originals are easily recognizable in Glass' composition. In fact, while it was lovely to hear full orchestral arrangements of the compelling Eno/Bowie melodies, by the end of the Symphony, I found that I wanted Glass to take more liberties. Regardless, this is a fine recording.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice arrangement, pleasant listening August 6, 2001
By Bobez
Format:Audio CD
I have to say from the beginning that this is probably the best symphonic adaptation of some rock music. The secret is, I would say, in the development of the original music. Glass takes the themes of the instumental pieces form Bowie's 'Low' album and develops themes in three full symphonic pieces, not in the usual way, by simply arranging them for orchestra but also by adding more themes and musical ideas, basically rewriting them. The music is a little bit unusual for Glass, more developed, also the listening is not very demanding. The second piece seems to a better rhythm and I think is the best of the three. However, all three of them stand together and create a unified, nice piece of work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intoxicating December 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of his best works overall. Something everyone who worked on it should be proud of. Sound quality is great. A good one for long trips in the morning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Glass world. September 25, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Although Bowie and Eno form the 'start point' for this album, Glass (as he explains in his notes) uses this as a point from which to develop ideas of his own, which gradually cohere into a complete symphonic movement. Although there are clear echoes of Bowie/Eno, this is very much a classical piece, with Glass' trademark pulsing, driving rhythmns, and slow, rolling melodies. Rich, relaxing stuff, well performed and recorded. Just not exceptional enough to deserve the full five stars. Well worth acquiring if you enjoy Glass.
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