- Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Riesman
- Composer: Philip Glass, David Bowie, Brian Eno
- Audio CD (January 16, 1997)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Philips / Point Music
- ASIN: B0000040VA
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Heroes Symphony Import
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The *"Heroes" Symphony* is a sequel in the worst sense of the word, produced in order to cash in on something that had succeeded (both commercially and aesthetically) a few years earlier. It takes only a few minutes of listening to realize that the composer's heart and imagination aren't into it at all. Glass has nowhere near the familiarity or feel for the original music here that he had for *Low*, and it's virtually impossible to spot any sort of "symphonic" link between the six adaptations/compositions strung together on this disc. The inspiration is missing, the sequences tend to be derivative, the motifs strangely and almost arbitrarily chosen...and you'll never want to put it back in your player again after the first listening (if you can even make it through that). This, imho, is the audio equivalent of a cheaply manufactured and obnoxious smelling perfume. The product's cardboard container only magnifies its cheapness.
The *Low Symphony* was an authentically sublime piece of music, both for those who like Philip Glass and for those who treasure the original Bowie/Eno album. It even holds potential appeal for those unfamiliar with any of the three artists' work and who happen to come across it by chance and experience it on its own terms.
By contrast, the *"Heroes" Symphony* was targeted solely at potential buyers like myself who couldn't help but bite as soon as the lure had been dropped. The real shame is that it now tarnishes for me the unadulterated appreciation I once had for the *Low Symphony* and I even listen to that far less now than I otherwise would.
Do yourself a favor and don't make the same mistake I did. Go for the *Low Symphony* without any hesitation, but keep your distance from this one.
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Ok so really the two together ... magic ... this is a great CD ... some good stuff if this music is your preference ...Published on June 7, 2009 by Andy Hunter
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There is a "remixed" song by Aphex Twin ( Link of album above ) who put David Bowie's vocals WITH the strings. Read more
Philip Glass is what American culture has been waiting a long time for. Finally, something expressed in musical terms other than angst, frustration, anger, heartbreak, silliness,... Read morePublished on February 15, 2006 by Andrew Anissi
Heroes is a great Rock album to be played so loud that the dishes in the kitchen cabinets rattle. Making a symphonic piece out of it is ridiculous. "Low Symphony" is perfect. Read morePublished on December 5, 2004 by David Higgins