Mad Rush Music Of Philip Glass

Whitwell Sally

Mad Rush Music Of Philip Glass
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Mad Rush Music Of Philip Glass

Whitwell Sally

Catalogue # 4764469

Philip Glass is that rarest of contemporary ‘classical’ composers – a musician who has revolutionized the way art music is composed and found a massive audience in doing so. As much a pop and cult phenomenon as he is a descendant of Beethoven, Glass’ music has been used in classic films like Koyanisqaatsi and The Hours. But it’s in his music for solo piano that the essence of his art is revealed. In this groundbreaking album from Sydney pianist Sally Whitwell – the first of its kind ever to be recorded in this country – all of Glass’ finest solo piano music is represented. In an additional Australian angle, the Stuart piano is used, its crystalline tones ideally suited to Glass’ hypnotically beautiful music.

Track Listing:

1 Opening
Metamorphosis I – V
2 I
3 II
4 III
5 IV
6 V
7 Mad Rush
8 Dead Things
9 Wichita Vortex Sutra

Review

Whitwell has been featured on a number of ABC Classics recordings in the past, including the Classic 100 Piano, but this is her solo debut. The opening track on this disc is the first movement from Glassworks – a work Philip Glass intended to be more ‘Walkmansuitable’ than some of his larger-scale works. No less suitable to MP3 players, most of the music collected here meets Glass’s description. Glass has spent his career working hypnotic minimalism into forms accessible to and loved by an enormous audience. The recording features an Australian Stuart & Sons piano – specifically selected for its clear, bright tone – for use on this project.

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