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08 January 2021

Soirée Philip Glass
Maki Namekawa, piano & James McVinnie, organ - Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon

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Through his operas and symphonies, his creations for his ensemble and his collaborations with Allen Ginsberg, David Bowie, Ravi Shankar or Leonard Cohen, Philip Glass marked the musical and artistic life of his time in an unrivaled way. If his Einstein on the Beach has changed our perception of what an opera can be, Glass has signed many other revolutions lastingly marking the relationships between music and image (the Qatsi trilogy), music and movement (Dance with Lucinda Childs).
Major performer of the American composer, pianist Maki Namekawa is impressive in dexterity in Studies for Piano, of which she recorded the first complete and plays here a selection. She also gives us the rare pleasure of hearing extracts from the soundtrack of The Hours, the treasure of Philip Glass's discography. The Englishman James McVinnie returns to works from the 1970s and 1980s, a more radical period, of which only the organ reveals all the power.

If he started on the flute, it was behind keyboards - piano, organ and synthesizer - that Philip Glass worked during his career. And it was for them that he imagined his most emblematic scores.

Philip Glass - The Hours, Piano Studies, Glassworks, Satyagraha, Dance, Mad Rush (excerpts)

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