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GLASS: Symphony No. 4, 'Heroes' / The Light



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GLASS: Symphony No. 4, 'Heroes' / The Light

Although he remains best known for the works he wrote for his own ensemble, orchestral music has been at the forefront of Philip Glass’ activities for much of the last two decades. Having achieved success in 1993 with his Low Symphony, a reworking of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s classic rock album Low, three years later Glass repeated the experiment with another Bowie/Eno collaboration, Heroes, an album that drew its inspiration from the then-divided city of Berlin. The six movements of Heroes Symphony function as independent pieces that between them build into a self-sufficient musical work. The Light has its inspiration in a very different source: the Michelson-Morley experiment confirming the uniform speed of light. Seeking a musical corollary, Glass’ piece has an expressive introduction followed by an energetic main movement: a ‘before’ and ‘after’ mirroring the onset of modern scientific research.

Glass, Philip

  The Light
1.   Play with flash player The Light 00:23:43
  Symphony No. 4, "Heroes"
2.   Play with flash player I. Heroes 00:07:24
3.   Play with flash player II. Abdulmajid 00:09:19
4.   Play with flash player III. Sense of Doubt 00:07:57
5.   Play with flash player IV. Sons of the Silent Age 00:07:36
6.   Play with flash player V. Neukoln 00:06:48
7.   Play with flash player VI. V2 Schneider 00:07:22

Total Playing Time: 01:10:09

Glass, Philip

Alsop, Marin

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559325

Barcode: 636943932520

Boxset: 8.504040; 8.503202

Release Date: 01/2007

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