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Glass: Cello Concerto No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Glass: Cello Concerto No 2

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Cello Concerto No 2, 'Naqoyqatsi'

Matt Haimovitz vc Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies

Orange Mountain Music [F] OMM0087 (40' * DDD)

Recorded live at the Music Hall, Cincinnati,

March 30 & 31,2012


Glass's Naqoyqatsi score reworked as a cello concerto

Replete with images of war, death, conflict and pain, Naqoyqatsi is arguably the darkest and most disturbing depiction of 'life out of balance' in Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi film trilogy. Glass's music remains for the most part detached from the film's disturbing images, however, acting in the composer's words more 'as a doorway into the film'. The original soundtrack featured important solo contributions from cellist Yo-Yo Ma, so it was perhaps unsurprising that Glass should decide to rework the film score's basic material into a large-scale concerto for the instrument. Individual sections are developed and expanded, and Glass has been careful to select material that relies less heavily on the film's original images. …

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