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Philip Glass: Book of Longing

Philip Glass

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Customer Reviews

Superb - and I expected to hate it...

Saw this piece performed on a whim at the Barbican in London. I have not been so moved by a concert in years. I was never much of a Leonard Cohen fan, and have always found Glass's dramatic work inconsistent. This piece simply blew me away. A sometimes tender, sometimes powerful treatment of images that resonate on a deeply human level. Cohen's texts have a forwardness and a simplistic quality that is so enriched by Glass's subtle musical inflections that it is hard to imagine a better collaborator for either artist. Unforgettable. Unfortnately, this recording leaves a bit to be desired (cello mic placed too close, vocal performances not as good as those in London), and the instrumental arrangements are different from what I heard as well - the percussion in this version is more elaborate, and often distracting as a result. Also the microtonal gong in this version interrupts the texture in a way that does not seem fitting. One listens for a few minutes, though, and the brilliance of the composition overwhelms the technical gripes - always a good sign. I hope a DVD will be released, since the physical performances and the projected images add an essential element. Either way, a must-hear.

simply remarkable

from the rare depth and emotion of Glass and L Cohen. this is something so moving. . . . so entirely and wholly moving.

A Masterpiece!

I was lucky enough to see this performed live in concert. This is the best concert I have ever seen and should not even be deemed a concert, but performance art. I was thrilled to download the piece, as it takes me right back to listening to the live performance. Excellent! It is definitely Philip Glass in all his glory. I Can't Make the Mountain is chilling to the core, there is more variety in this collection then many other by Mr. Glass.

Biography

Born: January 31, 1937 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Philip Glass was unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. Postmodern music's most celebrated and high-profile proponent, his myriad orchestral works, operas, film scores, and dance pieces proved essential to the development of ambient and new age sounds, and his fusions of...
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