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Joe Cadagin
Opera News, May 2017

GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014) (NTSC) OA1178D
GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7173D

Einstein on the Beach is the ultimate Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk—a total synthesis of art forms. Philip Glass’s music, Robert Wilson’s staging and design, Christopher Knowles’s text and Lucinda Childs’s choreography are so integral, to one another and to the whole, that a new production of Einstein is impossible to imagine. …But this DVD, filmed at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet during the 2014–15 international tour, may be the next best thing. Not only is it the first time the opera has been released on video; it’s the first unabridged recording, at a whopping four hours and twenty-four minutes. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Porgy Amor
Parterre Box, March 2017

Michael Riesman directs the ensemble. There is nothing especially difficult about Einstein on the Beach for the listener, but one is aware of the stamina and concentration all of the performers had to bring to it, those on the stage as well as those in the orchestra pit.

To those coming new to Einstein on the Beach, I would say that television cannot recreate the one-of-a-kind communal experience of seeing it live, but this may be true for every opera. The Blu-ray remains an attractive introduction, a handsomely packaged and artistically worthwhile release that gives a sense of a time of boldness and pioneering spirit in all of the performing arts in America. © 2017 Parterre Box Read complete review

Pwyll ap Siôn
Gramophone, January 2017

GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014) (NTSC) OA1178D
GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7173D

With excellent performances by a highly versatile 12-part chorus, a well-oiled Philip Glass Ensemble directed by Michael Riesman (which includes a dazzling bebop-style saxophone solo by Andrew Sterman in Act 4 scene 1), and violinist Antoine Silverman as the inscrutable Einstein, this is as close to a definitive version of the opera as you’re likely to get. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, December 2016

This video is of the highest quality. The sound is just a bit reserved in places, especially some of the ‘stream of consciousness’ monologue; taken in part by Robert Wilson from the interviews and sessions he had with an impaired student, Christopher Knowles. The video is brilliantly clear and even Wilson’s characteristic monochromatic hues of blue seem vibrant. I think maybe it helps to know Glass’ music well enough to realize what a technically difficult score this is. Huge kudos to violin soloist/Einstein Antoine Silverman and to the chorus members who handle the long, repeated and punctuated syllabications of Glass’ music with amazing skill. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

James Lockhart
Fulvue Drive-in, December 2016

[This] four-act opera requires a cast of two female, one male, and one male child in speaking roles and a 16-person SATB chamber chorus with an outstanding soprano soloist and a smaller tenor solo part; three reed players: flute (doubling piccolo and bass clarinet), soprano saxophone (doubling flute), tenor saxophone (doubling alto saxophone); solo violin, and two synthesizers/electronic organs. The orchestration was originally tailored to the five members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, plus the solo violin. The result is (admittedly repetitive) music that will hypnotically transport you into Glass’ world. © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, November 2016

The performers (both dancers and singers) are remarkable in their ability to sing and move in unison… © 2016 The Flip Side Read complete review

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