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Philip Glass: Metamorphosis; The Hours / Lavinia Meijer, harp

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks
>Glass, Philip : Metamorphosis, for piano
>Glass, Philip : The Hours, music from the film score for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide
Lavinia Meijer is a superb player; under her sensitive fingers, the harp becomes a small orchestra...

Since their first encounter in May 2011, rising star harpist Lavinia Meijer has worked with some frequency with Philip Glass, even though he has never written solo works specifically for the harp. Many of his piano works and piano transcriptions, however, after minor adjustments, prove to be well suited to the modern pedal harp. Very keen on playing modern music, Meijer added Glass's five-movement Metamorphosis to her repertoire, and after a first and successful performance (in the composer's presence) at The Melkweg, Amsterdam's 'pop temple,' a first official recording was made for Channel Classics in June 2011. This all-Glass CD further demonstrates the perfect connection between Meijer and this repertoire.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
There's more reverb on the recording, so the aforementioned thin harmony lasts almost long enough in works like Opening and Metamorphosis. In addition, she plays the latter work with more gravitas and shapes the phrases more beautifully than Sacchi. Ditto for the selections from Glass's powerful score for The Hours. She thus elevates the idea for the project from a mere novelty ("Let's see how Glass's music sounds on this instrument!") to a moving and persuasive artistic statement.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
These arrangements of pieces by Glass work very well on harp, particularly in these meticulously concentrated performances by Meijer...The effect is mesmeric, if two-dimensional.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
She does not push the music around too much, and the opening track from Glassworks almost announces itself with a whisper. Her playing in the Metamorphosis cycle is firmer and more restrained, but what is sometimes lost in intensity is made up in clarity and focus.

MusicWeb International, 8th July 2013
For Philip Glass on harp, Lavinia Meijer is my first choice, and it's probably one of my favorite Glass albums overall.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer (05/2012).


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Works Details

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks :: Opening
  • Performer: Lavinia Meijer (Harp)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : Metamorphosis, for piano
  • Performer: Lavinia Meijer (Harp)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Glass, Philip : The Hours, music from the film score for piano
  • Performer: Lavinia Meijer (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary