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Symphony No. 2

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  • Happy birthday in advance to composer Philip Glass, who turns 80 this coming Tuesday. Among the celebratory events around the world this concert season is a BBC Total Immersion Day, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Barbican in London this Saturday. NPR Music is marking Glass's milestone birthday with personal reflections from artists who have collaborated with the composer, including Laurie Anderson and Nico Muhly.

  • Congratulations to Audra McDonald and Philip Glass, who are among this year's National Medal of Arts recipients. President Barack Obama will present the awards in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, September 22, 2016. "The National Medal of Arts recipients have helped to define our nation's cultural legacy through the artistic excellence of their creative traditions," says NEA Chairman Jane Chu, "and I join the President in congratulating and thanking them for their contributions." You can watch the ceremony here.

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    Three new works by Philip Glass received their first recordings on this Nonesuch recording, all of them conducted by the composer’s long-time advocate Dennis Russell Davies. Symphony No. 2, performed here by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, is a study in polytonality. In his notes to the recording, Glass writes, “I’ve been interested in polytonal music for some time, starting with Akhnaten ... The great experiments of polytonality carried out in the 1930s and '40s show that there’s still a lot of work to be done in that area. Harmonic language and melodic language can coexist closely or at some calculated distance, and their relationship can be worked out in terms of either coexisting harmonies or ambiguous harmonies. We’re not talking about inventing a new language, but rather inventing new perceptions of existing languages.” Symphony No. 2 was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was premiered on October 15, 1994.

    The Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, surely one of the few such works of its kind, is a four-movement piece performed by the Raschèr Quartet and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, in which each movement features a different member of the quartet. The Raschèr Quartet has played the concerto with more than 30 European and American orchestras, making this piece one of Glass’s most widely performed orchestral works. Originally composed for the Raschèr, this work received its premiere on July 27, 1995.

    The “Orphée” interlude is drawn from the first opera of Glass’s Cocteau trilogy, which includes the composer’s popular La Belle et La Bête, and dates from 1993. This two-act chamber opera was commissioned by the American Repertory Theater in Boston and had its premiere on May 14, 1993. The instrumental section presented here accompanies Orphée’s return to his home from the world of the dead in Act II.

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    MUSICIANS
    Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
    Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (1-3)
    Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (4)
    Rascher Saxophone Quartet (5-8): Carina Rascher, soprano saxophone; Bruce Weinberger, tenor saxophone; Harry Kinross, alto saxophone; Kenneth Coon, baritone saxophone
    Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (5-8)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Michael Riesman for Euphorbia Productions, Ltd.

    Symphony No. 2
    Recorded September 1996 at the Austrian Broadcasting (ORF) Studios, Vienna
    Engineer: Anton Reininger
    Assistant Engineers: Robert Pavlecka, Stefan Lainer

    Interlude from Orphée and Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
    Recorded October 1996 at Liederkranzhalle, Stuttgart-Botnag
    Engineer: Roland Ruble, Sudwest-Tonstudio
    Assistant Engineer: Wolfgang Mittermaier

    Mixed at the Looking Glass Studios, New York
    Engineer: Martin Czembor
    Assistant Engineer: Ryoji Hata

    Music Published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. (ASCAP)

    Design by Frank Olinsky
    Cover photo: White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona by William Clift

    Executive Producer: Kurt Munkacsi

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Three new works by Philip Glass received their first recordings on this Nonesuch recording, all of them conducted by the composer’s long-time advocate Dennis Russell Davies. Symphony No. 2 is a study in polytonality; the Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, surely one of the few such works of its kind, features a different member of the quartet in each of four movements; the “Orphée” interlude is drawn from the first opera of Glass’s Cocteau trilogy.

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Three new works by Philip Glass received their first recordings on this Nonesuch recording, all of them conducted by the composer’s long-time advocate Dennis Russell Davies. Symphony No. 2, performed here by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, is a study in polytonality. In his notes to the recording, Glass writes, “I’ve been interested in polytonal music for some time, starting with Akhnaten ... The great experiments of polytonality carried out in the 1930s and '40s show that there’s still a lot of work to be done in that area. Harmonic language and melodic language can coexist closely or at some calculated distance, and their relationship can be worked out in terms of either coexisting harmonies or ambiguous harmonies. We’re not talking about inventing a new language, but rather inventing new perceptions of existing languages.” Symphony No. 2 was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was premiered on October 15, 1994.

The Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, surely one of the few such works of its kind, is a four-movement piece performed by the Raschèr Quartet and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, in which each movement features a different member of the quartet. The Raschèr Quartet has played the concerto with more than 30 European and American orchestras, making this piece one of Glass’s most widely performed orchestral works. Originally composed for the Raschèr, this work received its premiere on July 27, 1995.

The “Orphée” interlude is drawn from the first opera of Glass’s Cocteau trilogy, which includes the composer’s popular La Belle et La Bête, and dates from 1993. This two-act chamber opera was commissioned by the American Repertory Theater in Boston and had its premiere on May 14, 1993. The instrumental section presented here accompanies Orphée’s return to his home from the world of the dead in Act II.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Michael Riesman for Euphorbia Productions, Ltd.

Symphony No. 2
Recorded September 1996 at the Austrian Broadcasting (ORF) Studios, Vienna
Engineer: Anton Reininger
Assistant Engineers: Robert Pavlecka, Stefan Lainer

Interlude from Orphée and Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
Recorded October 1996 at Liederkranzhalle, Stuttgart-Botnag
Engineer: Roland Ruble, Sudwest-Tonstudio
Assistant Engineer: Wolfgang Mittermaier

Mixed at the Looking Glass Studios, New York
Engineer: Martin Czembor
Assistant Engineer: Ryoji Hata

Music Published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. (ASCAP)

Design by Frank Olinsky
Cover photo: White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona by William Clift

Executive Producer: Kurt Munkacsi

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Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (1-3)
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (4)
Rascher Saxophone Quartet (5-8): Carina Rascher, soprano saxophone; Bruce Weinberger, tenor saxophone; Harry Kinross, alto saxophone; Kenneth Coon, baritone saxophone
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (5-8)

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