This program reverses time, revealing the Metamorphosis in Glass’s work from his 1980s film and theatre transcriptions, through The Olympian composed for the Los Angeles Olympiad, to rarities such as the dream-like Coda. The Trilogy Sonata highlights Glass’s renowned operas from the celebratory Akhnaten Dance to the stately Satyagraha and landmark Einstein on the Beach. The dazzling pulse-patterns of Two Pages make it a milestone of minimalism, while the Sonatina No. 2 is a pre-minimalist work composed when Glass was a student of Darius Milhaud at Juilliard.
Like everything else he does, musical iconoclast David Sylvian's idea of a retrospective compilation is very different from the norm. Sleepwalkers is a 16-track, hour-plus collection focused on his many collaborations during the previous decade. Included are alternate takes from his own albums, remixes, reworked material and his contributions to the albums of others. There is one new cut, pointing to the future: "Five Lines" with Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, is a complex art song with a string quartet. (According to Sylvian, Fujikura is working with him on a completely new, orchestral version of Manofon.) This new piece is one of the many highlights.
This album contains three compositions (two of them long form) created exclusively for two independent gallery installations. Two pieces,'The Beekeepers Apprentice' and 'Epiphany' originally accompanied the 'Ember Glance' installation, a multi media work made in collaboration with the artists Russell Mills and Ian Walton, and exhibited in Tokyo, September 1990. 'Approaching Silence' accompanied the multi media work 'Redemption' installed at the P3 Gallery, Tokyo 1994. The CD was compiled and released in 1999.
The seventh in a series of two-fer reissues of the 1960s albums by the Four Seasons and their lead singer Frankie Valli on the British label Ace, this disc combines the group's ninth studio album, The 4 Seasons Sing Big Hits by Burt Bacharach…Hal David…Bob Dylan (originally released in November 1965) and its eleventh, New Gold Hits (May 1967). (For good measure, Ace has tossed in two Four Seasons singles from 1966, "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" and "I've Got You Under My Skin.") These may be the quartet's two most misunderstood albums; for one thing, despite the presence of the word "Hits" in both titles, neither was actually a compilation.
As for the violin and piano duets, the fall is rich in French music records - this is not the place to be complained. Among these novelties, the "Paris 1900" program of Geneviève Laurenceau and David Bismuth who comes out at Naïve deserves a special interest. Fervent chamber artists, the two artists are longtime partners in concert, but they have waited a lot before giving the microphones a first testimony of their complicity: a small wonder!