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In Celebration of Philip Glass' 80th Birthday
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Bruckner Orchester Linz
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Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Angelique Kidjo, Vocalist

An All-Glass Concert with a World Premiere Symphony

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At
Carnegie Hall
Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage
www.carnegiehall.org

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 31, 2017


Program:
Philip Glass: Days and Nights in Rocinha (New York Premiere).

P. Glass: Ife: Three Yoruba Songs (New York Premiere): "Olodumare", "Yemandja", "Oshumare", Angelique Kidjo, Vocalist.

P. Glass: Symphony No. 11 (World Premiere): "Movement 1", "Movement 2", "Movement 3"


Watching Philip Glass peer down at Bruckner Orchester Linz from his Carnegie Hall box seat, as he celebrated his 80th birthday with thousands of fans, he seemed in awe, thrilled in the moment. And he deserved this quintessential evening at the world premiere of his Symphony No. 11, enthusiastically conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. Mr. Glass is a highly accomplished composer for chamber and orchestral works, as well as for opera, dance, theater and film. Maestro Davies is the chief conductor of Bruckner Orchester Linz and opera director of Landestheater Linz. Also on the program was the vibrant vocalist, Angelique Kidjo, a Grammy-winning singer in international music. The giant white speakers and festive aura of this spectacular, sold-out event drew the Hall together throughout the captivating concert.

Mr. Glass' Days and Nights in Rocinha, a 1997 tribute to the dynamic cultural flair of this Rio de Janeiro neighborhood, included percussive samba rhythms, exotic intonations of wood flutes, contrasting and mesmerizing string passages for cellos and violins, and rapturous harmonies. A balmy, breezy aura infused Stern Auditorium, evoking evening strolls on Rio's beaches. I was most fascinated with shifting horns and strings, each instrumental ensemble taking turns with a higher or deeper theme. The piece ends in quietude, then a pause of silence, with the conductor's baton held aloft.

Ife: Three Yoruba Songs, composed in 2013, brought out Ms. Kidjo in gorgeous, blue-gold, West African wrapped attire. Sweeping, syncopated, echoing phrases abound, at first orchestral and then combined vocalist and orchestra. Ms. Kidjo uses her voice as added, meshed percussion in "Olodumare". In "Yemandja", the music waxes more bucolic with waterfalls of notes like a rushing river. "Oshumare" was introduced with Ms. Kidjo's sultry, swinging motion to reinforce the rhythmic pulse. I was immediately reminded of Mr. Glass' driven and charged "Akhnaten", part of which is used as a score for the finale of Jerome Robbins' Glass Pieces ballet. The momentum of Mr. Glass' "Oshumare" is stunning, growing intensely with the implosion of horns.

After intermission the majesty began with Glass' Symphony No. 11. In "Movement 1", the tuba was prominent with and without its enormous mute, adding deep atonal drama. Likewise the horns, effusive and sometimes muffled, energized the swelling music. It seemed that this piece has its own potential for ballet and film, transporting the listener at once. "Movement 2" was in adagio, mystical and yearning. The theme seemed familiar, as I am a longtime fan of the Glass genre, but the overlaying violins, violas, and harp evoked a sunrise, followed by woodwinds and percussion. Maestro Davies was in total control, smiling warmly throughout. The strings deepened with basses and cellos at galloping, searing speed. The conductor bounced with this vibrant musicality. "Movement 3" brought forth wild dance rhythms with wooden shakers and blocks, even propulsive timpani. Eastern European tones developed into marching tempos. In fact I noted that the percussion made the marching sound as if it were on cobblestones. Drums and horns ensued.

During the extensive stage bows, Mr. Glass and Maestro Davies walked through Bruckner Orchester Linz to shake hands with the Concertmasters, each highlighted soloist, and orchestral principals. This was truly a classy 80th birthday party for Philip Glass. Bravo.



Angelique Kidjo, Vocalist with
Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Philip Glass 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall
Courtesy of Pete Checchia




Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Philip Glass 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall
Courtesy of Pete Checchia




Mr. Glass, Maestro Davies, and Bruckner Orchester Linz Take Bows
Philip Glass 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall
Courtesy of Pete Checchia




Philip Glass and Dennis Russell Davies Thank the Musicians
Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Philip Glass 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall
Courtesy of Pete Checchia


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net