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GLASS, P.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3

Composer(s):Glass, Philip
Artist(s) Alsop, Marin, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559202
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Philip Glass has enjoyed a degree of popularity unusual among contemporary composers. A pupil of Nadia Boulanger, he was also influenced by the Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and has won a reputation as an exponent of minimalism, based on the systematic repetition of a motif, modified or extended. In both the epically-proportioned Second Symphony and the smaller scale Third Symphony (for chamber orchestra), Glass returns, in his own way, to his roots at the Juilliard School, writing polyharmonies, rousing finales, and fully formed symphonic paragraphs. They are true symphonies in scope, structure and seriousness of purpose.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Marin Alsop’s accounts of these two symphonies are magnetically performed and brilliantly recorded. No. 2, much the longer work in three substantial movements, dates from 1994 and this is unreconstructed minimalism with unrelenting kaleidoscopic repetitions. No. 3, first heard in 1995, is little more than half the length, a piece for 19 strings and optional percussion, with the gentle opening movement serving as prelude to the second and third movements, the one fast, the other a measured chaconne. The fourth movement is brief and brilliant, drawing threads together.

Review By ,Scherzo,June 2005


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,January 2005



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