Philip Glass: The Concerto Project, Vol. IV
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Double Concerto excellence
The new Double Concerto for Violin and Cello is performed with fresh ink. The concerto is from 2010 and was commissioned as a dance piece for the Netherlands Dance Theater.
The performance of the soloists and orchestra under Jurjen Hempel in this studio recording done after a long tour is really first rate.
The soloists Fain and Sutter excel in this unique concerto which really show off the soloists in the duets and not really in the orchestral movements.
The Double Concerto is paired with the Glass first piano concerto from around 2000 called the Tirol Concerto for piano and strings. It's a top shelf piece as well, though this is a previously released recording from "Dennis Russell Davies performs Philip Glass".
By my count only three of Glass's concerti haven't been included I this series:
Vol. 1: cello, timpani
Vol.2: piano no.2, harpsichord
Vol.3: concerto grosso, saxophone quartet
Vol.4: Double Concerto, Tirol
Vol.5? The two violin concertos? The second cello concerto?
What a shock, Glass praises his own pieces.
Glass' arpeggio project-or rather concerto project- cements his reputation as a one hit wonder. Rather than going back to is "new" faux classical and baroque sound, Glass returns as always to the same old tired tricks. Granted his girlfriend does play the works well (not a hard thing to do) and the production quality is passable, but really is next for him to do? A banjo concerto? A sitar concerto? Why not complete the circle and write a concerto for persons named Philip Glass. His fan base will insist that it's somehow brilliant. -Bz