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Philip Glass Ensemble & Michael Riesman - Glass & Wilson: Einstein On The Beach (1993)

11-12-2015, 15:28
Music | Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Glass & Wilson: Einstein On The Beach
Year Of Release: 1993
Label: Elektra
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 3:20:42
Total Size: 1.02 GB


Disc 1:
08:05 | 01. Knee 1
21:26 | 02. Train 1
05:43 | 03. Trial 1: Entrance
16:30 | 04. Trial 1: Mr. Bojangles
04:31 | 05. Trial 1: All Men Are Equal
06:09 | 06. Knee 2

Disc 2:
15:54 | 01. Dance 1
20:10 | 02. Night Train
06:30 | 03. Knee 3
12:18 | 04. Trial 2 / Prison: Prematurely Air-Conditioned Supermarket
06:38 | 05. Trial 2 / Prison: Ensemble
04:10 | 06. Trial 2 / Prison: I Feel the Earth Move

Disc 3:
19:59 | 01. Dance 2
07:05 | 02. Knee 4
10:21 | 03. Building
01:53 | 04. Bed: Cadenza
04:23 | 05. Bed: Prelude
08:12 | 06. Bed: Aria
12:51 | 07. Spaceship
08:05 | 08. Knee 5

The Philip Glass Ensemble
Jon Gibson, soprano saxophone, flute
Martin Goldray, keyboards
Kurt Munkacsi, sound design
Richard Peck, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Michael Reisman, musical director, keyboards
Andrew Sterman, flute, piccolo, bass clarinet
Gregory Fulkerson, violin

Marion Beckenstein, Lisa Bielawa, Michèle A. Eaton, Kristin Norderval, sopranos
Katie Geissinger, Margo Gezairlian Grib, Elsa Higby, mezzo-sopranos
Jeffrey Johnson, John Koch, Eric. W. Lamp, tenors
Jeff Kensmoe, Gregory Purnhagen, Peter Stewart, baritones
Patrician Schuman, soprano soloist (CD 3, tracks 4-6)
Lucinda Childs, Gregory Dolbashian, Jasper McGruder, Shery Sutton, spoken text

Glass' alliance with the visual arts prompted a collaboration with Robert Wilson, the painter, architect, and leader in the world of avant-garde theater. Einstein on the Beach, Glass' best known work, was enthusiastically received at its premier in Avignon, France, on July 25, 1976. More a series of "events" than an opera, this full-length stage work explores through dance and movement the same concepts of time and change that Glass investigated through music. Several characters appear as Einstein, one playing repetitive motives on a violin; a chorus intones repetitive series of numbers and clichés; dancers and actors perform repetitive actions such as moving back and forth across the stage in slow motion. Einstein on the Beach has less to do with meaning than concept. "Go to Einstein and enjoy the sights and sounds," advises Robert Wilson in one interview, "feel the feelings they evoke. Listen to the Pictures." The opera was successfully produced throughout Europe and in 1984 it played to sold-out houses in New York. Its artistic success, however controversial, rests with its ability to consistently engage audience attention, to alter mood and provoke thought, and to force the theater-goer to actively supply the organization, structure, and meaning of the opera.

Glass followed this work with other theater successes. Satyagraha, commissioned by the city of Rotterdam in 1980, is the ritual embodiment of pacifist spirituality. Based on the life of Gandhi, the opera unfolds as a series of tableaux tracing his early life. The libretto is derived solely from the Bhagavad Gita and is sung in Sanskrit. It is said to be one of Glass' most lyric works.

Glass' later compositions included The Photographer, a chamber opera based on the life of the early 20th-century inventor Eadweard Muybridge (Amsterdam, 1982). Akhnaton, Glass' third opera, was produced at the Stuttgart Opera in 1984. In addition, Glass scored for films: the music for Mark di Suvero, Sculptor, directed by François de Ménil, was issued by Virgin Records as North Star in 1977. And Koyaanisqatsi was successfully received at the New York Film Festival in 1982. Glass composed numerous works for the Mabou Mines theater productions and choreographers Lucinda Childs, Alvin Ailey, and Jerome Robbins have incorporated his pieces into their repertoires.

Glass also collaborated with Robert Wilson on another opera, The Civil Wars: (a tree is best measured when it is down) and worked on a piece based on the writings of Doris Lessing called The Making of the Representative of Planet 8. In 1985 Glass teamed with composer Robert Moran and director Andrei Serban to produce the opera The Juniper Tree based on a Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Glass continued his collaborative efforts into the 1990's. He composed three operas based on films by the deceased Jean Cocteau, French author and movie director. Orphee, composed by Glass in 1993, followed the sound-track of the film closely. In La Belle et la Bete (1994), Glass went one step further, stripping the film of its soundtrack and creating a live and carefully synchronized operatic accompaniment that took its place among his finest and most exciting works. In Les Enfants Terribles (1996) Glass teamed with choreographer Susan Marshall to tell the story through instrumental music and dance rather than singing.

In 1997 Glass composed and recorded a symphony based on the David Bowie album Heroes. One reviewer remarked in New Statesman (February 14, 1997) that Glass needed to be given credit for helping take a giant hammer to the wall that traditionally separated classical and rock music. In the same article Glass commented that, "Just as composers of the past have turned to music of their time to fashion new works, the work of Bowie became an inspiration for symphonies of my own."

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