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Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3; The Hours, suite / Michael Riesman, piano

Notes & Reviews:

In this new recording made at Canada's famous Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC in Toronto, conductor and Philip Glass champion Anne Manson leads pianist Michael Riesman and her own Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in a tour de force performance of Glass's Oscar nominated music from The Hours and a virtuosic performance of Glass's Symphony No.3. Riesman, conductor and pianist on the original soundtrack recording of The Hours, was commissioned in 2002 to create a concert piece based on the score. Glass's third symphony was written in 1995 for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and is one of the composer's most performed and accessible concert works. This recording shows off the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra's versatility, especially in the quick paced second and fourth movements, as well as the ensembles silky interpretation of the many-layered voices of the third movement, all under the precise direction of Manson.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The first release documents a concert performance from September 2011. Symphony 3 is a difficult work and one of Glass's most effective, with an interesting style that suggests Ligeti and Tippett alongside Glass's familiar voice. The wonderful Riesman uses subtle but very effective rubato in his performance of the solo piano part from The Hours suite. Sound is very good.


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