Philip Glass: The Photographer

Philip Glass: The Photographer

by Philip Glass


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Composing the music for a theater piece revolving around the life and work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge must have seemed a natural fit for Philip Glass, as Muybridge's stop action studies of people and animals in motion have a clear visual analogy in Glass repeating musical cells. Scored for his ensemble accompanied by a chamber orchestra, The Photographer is one of the works bridging the gap between his earlier compositions up through Einstein on the Beach and his later pieces for more traditional instrumentation. The unusual feature here is the presence of violinist Paul Zukofsky in what amounts to a soloist's role, his sawing lines often reminding one incongruously of a hoe-down. While the opening vocal version of "Act I" has an almost too precious and dainty feel, the remainder of the album chugs along at a robust pace familiar to fans of Glass' music. When the final section bursts to life after a lengthy prologue, the brass sputtering, the basslines percolating, one can hardly fail to admire his ability to excite an audience on a visceral level, even as one feels slightly guilty at the ease with which one has been manipulated.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643784924
catalogNumber: 37849

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Glass   Primary Artist,Organ,Keyboards
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Marlene VerPlanck   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
Adrienne Albert   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Marin Alsop   Strings,Concert Master
Robert Carlisle   English Horn
Lewis Eley   Strings
Judy Geist   Strings
Jeanne Ingram   Strings
Theodore Israel   Strings
Jill Jaffe   Strings
Jack Kripl   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dora Ohrenstein   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carol Pool   Strings
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Alan Raph   Trombone
Michael Riesman   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Ron Sell   French Horn
Maretha Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Paul Zukofsky   Violin
Mary Sue Berry   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Maureen Gallagher   Strings
Betty Baisch   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eddie Carroll   Trumpet
Edward Carroll   Trumpet
Maeretha Stewart   Vocals
Jeanne Ingraham   Strings
Lew Eley   Strings
Ted Israel   Strings
Ronald Sell   English Horn
Rose Marie Jun   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Kurt Munkasci   Producer,Engineer
Michael Riesman   Engineer
Candy Jerrigan   Cover Design

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