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Allan Kozinn reviews the new Philip Glass live recording by Brad Lubman and Signal, including Glassworks and Music in Similar Motion.
Despite the differences in length, Kozinn cites the similarities of Glassworks to Koyannisqatsi, also composed in the early eighties. His take on Music in Similar Motion:
Mr. Lubman and company also include a vigorous performance of “Music in Similar Motion” (1969), an intricate, mesmerizing work that makes “Glassworks” sound almost Neo-Romantic
It's no surprise that Music in Similar Motion is one of my favorite works by the composer since it is one of the most mesmerizing. Glass' description:
The real innovation in "Similar Motion" is its sense of drama. The earlier pieces were meditative, steady-state pieces that established a mood and stayed there. But "Similar Motion" starts with one voice, then adds another playing a fourth above the original line, and then another playing a fourth below the original line, and finally a last line kicks in to complete the sound. As each new voice enters, there is a dramatic change in the music.
I continue to listen to this recording on rdio:
Review via Glass Notes.