Notes & Reviews:
Philip Glass’ opera Kepler in many ways harkens back to Glass’ portrait operas of the early 1980s and continues the composer’s interest in scientists after having also written operas on Einstein and Galileo. The opera premiered at the Landestheater Linz in 2009 and continues the amazing 30 year collaboration between Glass and the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the music director of both the Landestheater Linz and its orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester. Kepler marks a refreshing return to large scale symphonic writing for the opera house. It is a musical dedication to the life of this great scientist – exploring both his triumphs and his human flaws. As Glass states, “Kepler was a man with his mind in the clouds and his feet in the mud.” Taken from live performances in 2010 during its extensive run in Linz, this is the world premiere recording. It is sung in German and Latin and contains the full libretto with English translation in the deluxe two disc digipack.
“Glass forms such great expanses of minimal topography that each scenic stroke is exciting.” — NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"This quite vivid recording is taken from the staged performances, though the work itself generally seems far closer to a contemplative secular oratorio than to a fully fledged piece of theatre...[Winkel's libretto is] presented in neatly dovetailed solo and choral writing, with Glass's often dark orchestral textures churning beneath." The Guardian**
"How Glass manages to spin out such a basic idea over a two-hour structure without the music ever loosening its grip on the listener is nothing short of remarkable...The hundred-plus Bruckner Orchestra...massed chorus and soloists of the Landestheater with Dennis Russell Davies directing, contribute much to the opera's dual sense of mystery and monumentality." - Gramophone
Recording information: Grosses Haus-Landestheater Linz (10/04/2009/10/11/2009).
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Works DetailsGlass, Philip : Kepler, opera in 2 acts
- Conductor: Dennis Davies
- Notes: Grosses Haus-Landestheater Linz (10/04/2009/10/11/2009)
- Running Time: 111 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 2009
- Studio/Live: Live