GLASS: Symphony No. 4, 'Heroes' / The Light

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1 I. Heroes (Symphony No. 4, "Heroes") 23:54 44.1/16 Album only
2 II. Abdulmajid (Symphony No. 4, "Heroes") 7:21 44.1/16 Album only
3 III. Sense of Doubt (Symphony No. 4, "Heroes") 9:20 44.1/16 Album only
4 IV. Sons of the Silent Age (Symphony No. 4, "Heroes") 8:00 44.1/16 Album only
5 V. Neukoln (Symphony No. 4, "Heroes") 7:36 44.1/16 Album only
6 VI. V2 Schneider (Symphony No. 4, "Heroes") 6:52 44.1/16 Album only
7 The Light [The Light] 7:21 44.1/16 Album only

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Although he remains best known for the works he wrote for his own ensemble, orchestral music has been at the forefront of Philip Glass’ activities for much of the last two decades. Having achieved success in 1993 with his Low Symphony, a reworking of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s classic rock album Low, three years later Glass repeated the experiment with another Bowie/Eno collaboration, Heroes, an album that drew its inspiration from the then-divided city of Berlin. The six movements of Heroes Symphony function as independent pieces that between them build into a self-sufficient musical work. The Light has its inspiration in a very different source: the Michelson-Morley experiment confirming the uniform speed of light. Seeking a musical corollary, Glass’ piece has an expressive introduction followed by an energetic main movement: a ‘before’ and ‘after’ mirroring the onset of modern scientific research.

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Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra gets to the heart of Glass' music with a sterling performance of the six movements of Heroes Symphony. The movements function as independent pieces that between them build into a self-sufficient musical work. True value for money. - Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo, April 2007