Glass: Heroes Symphony (from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno)

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COMPOSERS: Glass
LABELS: Point
WORKS: Heroes Symphony (from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno)
PERFORMER: American Composers Orchestra/ Dennis Russell Davies
CATALOGUE NO: 454 388-2
It’s hard to know the degree to which the clothes are borrowed. But then, does it matter? Not being an expert on the music of David Bowie or Brian Eno should not, I suspect, stand in the way of approaching, indeed enjoying, this new ‘confection’ of Philip Glass meets Bowie/Eno. This is, of course, a second ‘go’ following the Low Symphony of a few years ago when Glass first began borrowing clothes from Bowie and Eno. Glass calls this latest work Heroes Symphony, but what we have is six movements linked together by a title. Although they are well performed, the music brings us nothing new: stock Glass clichés abound – the tedious arpeggiated triplets, the insistent doodling duplets, the minor mode, the contrary motion scales. Only ‘Abdulmajid’ widens the scope. Sumptuously recorded. Annette Morreau

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