Philip Glass: Dances Nos. 1-5
表演者: Philip Glass
介质: Audio CD
Performer: Richard Peck, Michael Riesman, Jack Kripl, Jon Gibson, Michael Reisman, et al.
Orchestra: Philip Glass Ensemble
Conductor: Michael Riesman
Composer: Philip Glass
"Dance" is an extraordinary epic composition from one of the most revolutionary composers of the late 20th century to the present, Philip Glass. From the mid 1960's onwards, Glass has revolutionized a form of composition that has become known as 'minimalism' (although Glass himself denies being a composer of minimal music). Several of Glass's works have gone on to be standards of modern Classical music.
One such piece is "Dance". Comprised of five parts or movements, this 110-minute long piece is based around short repeated arppegios with slight changes and variations when played each time. The First, Third and Fifth movements were performed by members of Philip Glass's own ensemble consisting of various keyboards, wind instruments (notably saxophones and flutes) and female voice. The voice does not sing lyrics per se but uses syllables (do-re-mi) to complement the fast-paced rhythmic excursions.
The second and fourth movements are for solo organ. Movement 2 is performed on a small electronic organ and runs through a series of arrpeggiated variations with a slight hint of drone. The fourth movement was performed on a large pipe organ and has an overall majestic glorious sound.
Overall, "Dance No.1-5" is possibly Philip Glass's greatest musical acheivement. Glass has composed so many rich compositions, it is difficult to determine what the absolute best is. With "Dance" however, I think it comes pretty close to being what it is..the best.
By Mark C. Puttre
1. No 1 for keyboards, voice, flutes & piccolo
2. No 2 for organ
1. No 3 for keyboards, voice & saxophones
2. No 4 for organ
3. No 5 for keyboards, voice, flute & saxophon