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Glass: The Photographer

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Act I: "A Gentleman's Honor"
  2. Act II
  3. A Gentleman's Honor
  4. Act III


Product Details

  • Performer: Paul Zukofsky, Glass Ensemble
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (June 26, 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000025QH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Glass was so imaginative to put himself into the mindset of the 19TH century, and to perceive how shocking the introduction of photography must have been. The incessant repetitions, and long slow builds, brilliantly tie together the atonalities, and the screeching "Dorothy's flying monkeys" vocalizations. The effect creates a multiplicity of layers of imagery. It can either be a very exciting work, or an annoying one. If you're working on a sculpture or painting, it's great background. If, at the moment, life is what's happening while you're busy doing other things, it won't be your cup of tea, that day. Such duality of responses is typical of extraordinary art.
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At first I found "The Photographer" was somewhat weak as compared to other PhGlass scores; but then-several years later-I discovered I liked it enormously!
At times it's pleasant, well-timbred (repetitive) music, and at others it plays durably on the same kind of obsessional harsh notes as "Einstein"!
The piece was designed to accompany a 'mime show' about one (not so) famous photographer. Tracks 1 and 3 are somewhat weaker ('songs'); but #2 and 4 will make you go out of your mind-whether you like them or not!
The recording is spotless as usual with the usual Philip Glass team. The 4-page booklet gives an overview of the initial staged performance. There seems to have been music for the whole length of the 3 acts: why do we have here but a (so short) selection? I can't wait to have 2 hours of "Photographer"!!
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The mid-80s are a mixed-bag for Glass. While one could get wonderful pieces such as "Glassworks" and "Akhenaten", there were also these marketing-department dogs such as "Songs From Liquid Days" and "Danceworks" that were more irritating than illuminating. And while this starts off with a toss-off bit of fluff ("A Gentleman's Honor"), it soon develops into the wonderful and dramatic workout that follows. 'Act III', the final longer work here, is amazing, in fact, as it possesses a sense of drama that one doesn't always encounter in Glass's music of this period (the 'Funeral' from "Akhenaten" is another example). This work is also helped by the presence here of Glass's ensemble, which he seems to have felt more comfortable with as a compositional force than the larger forces offered by orchestras, etc, during this time. It is, though, an expanded version of the Glass Ensemble, with added brass and winds, and when this all kicks in in the final part of the work, it's one of those 'hang onto your hat' moments! One to get, even with the flaw of the "A Gentleman's Honor" toss-offs.
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If I had a dime for every time I've listened to this CD since it was released in late 1982, I would easily be a millionaire! Powerful, beautiful, intense, "hypnotic", catchy, on the edge, mind-blowing, spiritual, gothic, loud, fast, deep. I love this music so much it is difficult to write about it! This is the CD which started my Philip Glass fixation which is as strong as ever today. Simply amazing!
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A timeless piece of work. Avant-garde composition defined. I am not a musician, nor probably even savvy re: the technical aspects of his work, but I can hear. I am present to this work. I am an artist/painter, and I know when something is born, as in birth, truly inspired from a place beyond the tiny human person it comes through. I always wondered how Zeus, a man, could give birth from his head? well here it is, Phillip Zeus Glass, the god that strikes thunderbolts of music lightening, enlightening us to sounds we have never heard before. This music turns music on it's head. It's inspiring to me as a person and artist. The money for the c.d? It was worth listening to even one time for this experience, less than a movie ticket. I am a fan and love so much of his work, but this is glass at his best. Rumi has a poem, "Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color. Do it now." that's what Glass has done here.
If he can do it, it can be done, and maybe we are not all ingenious composers, but in whatever little corner we want to break free from, we can do it. I highly recommend this CD.
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By Allen on November 12, 2015
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There are some musical arrangements that ignite the imagination with such awe that you forget who you are and what you are doing. Here, the world before your eyes simply melts away and before you stands a tripod camera. It's 1900, and you are a cutting edge visionary in the newly discovered field of photography. In your view-port, you find a pedestrian scene; a man atop a horse. It is time for you to make some magic happen.
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Strangely enough, this album is not available on Spotify. This is one of Glass' early masterpieces, and the themes are present throughout his later work. Though some may find the chorus somewhat repetitive, it is important to listen to this album as a whole. It truly reveals new aspects even twenty years later.
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