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GLASS, P.: Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra (arr. M. Lortz) / FAIROUZ, M.: Symphony No. 4 (University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Popiel)

Composer(s):Fairouz, MohammedGlass, Philip
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.573205
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, composed in 2000 and transcribed for wind ensemble by Mark Lortz in 2004, is a significant addition to the repertoire of large-scale works for timpani. The work is rhythmically galvanizing, sonically alluring, and features virtuoso cadenzas for both soloists. Symphony No 4 ‘In the Shadow of No Towers’ is Mohammed Fairouz’s first major work for wind ensemble, and its inspiration is the provocative comic book by Art Spiegelman, written shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Spiegelman himself has commented: “I’m moved by [this] scary, somber, and seriously silly symphony…I’m honored that the composer found an echo in my work

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Sure to generate some discussion
Review By dc92823,November 2013

The Philip Glass Concerto for Two Tympanists is a very engaging and interesting work that most would find "typical" Glass. His signature repeated rhythmic cells and small groups of melody with harmonies that switch just enough is what you get here. I always enjoy listening to Glass's music; having followed it for four decades now. I find it infectious and enjoyable. This particular piece may not be Glass's strongest composition even in his concerto category (I deeply love the Violin Concerto and the second Piano Concerto). None the less, this is very fun to listen to and the performance, in this case, is a wind ensemble transcription of the orchestral original by Mark Lortz. Duo tympanists Ji Hye Jung and Gwendolyn Burgett are very fine players and are supported with distinction by the more....







 

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