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A Composer's Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera. A film by Michael Blackwood [DVD]

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Directed by Michael Blackwood, the film A Composer's Notes takes the form of an interior monologue as Philip Glass allows us an intimate look at the inspiration, development, and production of his third opera, Akhnaten. It follows two productions of the opera that were premièring almost simultaneously at the Stuttgart Opera and the Houston Grand Opera. Their dramatically different interpretations of the work make for a fascinating contrast in American and European theatrical values. Filmed at rehearsals and performances in Germany and the United States. In Egypt, Glass visits the remaining evidence of Akhnaten in Armana, where Akhnaten moved his palace from Luxor to pursue his monotheistic worship. The film was also made in India, a country whose music influenced Glass in his formative years when he collaborated with Ravi Shankar. It includes interviews with conductors and directors and back to two earlier Glass operas: Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. Now more than three decades after its creation, Akhnaten proves to be a watershed moment in Glass' career. This fascinating in-depth portrait of the composer is a must see for any Glass fan.

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Run Time: 95 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,


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