P. Glass, Violin Concerto No. 2 ("American Four Seasons"), R. McDuffie, London Philharmonic Orchestra, M. Alsop
Vivaldi, Four Seasons, G. Carmignola, Venice Baroque Orchestra, A. Marcon
Each movement opens with a solo violin prelude, the first of which had the orchestra enter the texture by magically merging with McDuffie’s trill. The audience is tasked with guessing the label of each movement: the first movement was reminiscent of fallen leaves, the second an icy landscape, the third a sprouting thaw, and the fourth movement rather long. Glass’s redundant use of repetition, imitation, and arpeggiation reminded one of over-the-top Vivaldi, excessive when in the third movement the basso continuo began mercilessly sawing up and down on the same octave with assistance from the electronic keyboard. Moments of brilliant color and texture emerged through the work’s four movements, enhanced by the Venice Baroque Orchestra’s incredible dynamic spectrum.
Anne Midgette, Philip Glass reflects Vivaldi in 'American Four Seasons' at Strathmore (Washington Post, November 16)
Mike Paarlberg, Philip Glass’ The American Four Seasons at Strathmore, Reviewed (Washington City Paper, November 15)
Allan Kozinn, Through the Seasons With Glass and Vivaldi (New York Times, November 14)
Chris Starrs, Georgia-born violinist brings concerto to Athens (Athens Banner-Herald, November 14)
This Friday (November 19, 8 pm), the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra makes its way to Strathmore, for a concert that includes music by Mozart, Schnittke, and Shostakovich.