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Four Seasons – the PG Remix

July 24, 2010

  Having only started this blog in May, there are years of wanderings that have mostly been lost to time and poor memory.  But, one of the recent things I’ve gotten excited about was the Dec.9/09 World premiere of Philip Glass’s composition, “Violin Concerto No. 2, The American Four Seasons” with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (under Peter Oundjian) – a commissioned work 7 years in the making, debuted by renowned violinist, Robert McDuffie. 

I’m bringing it up again because the ‘Denver Post’ this morning has its review of the American premiere, which took place 2 days ago at the Aspen Music Festival.  Even ignoring the fact that I’m a Philip Glass fan, the thought of hearing a great (American) composer debut his long-awaited composition, “The American Four Seasons”, on American soil… that would be pretty thrilling for anyone lucky enough to catch it.  

To my pouty disgruntlement, there’s no recording/download of the Violin Concerto No.2 available yet (as far as I know), but in the meantime I’ve been letting myself be tantalized by excerpts of it on this London Philharmonic Orchestra YouTube promo video.  (Side note: the European premiere, took place Apr.17/10 in London with the LPO.)  You can definitely hear Vivaldi’s frenetic influence, but still, it’s unmistakably Glass.

Recent years have seen Glass slower in his compositional output compared to others, and his website and other sources don’t show any upcoming commissions waiting to be unveiled.  At 73, I suppose he’s allowed to take a day off now and then.  But I’m hoping there’s still more he has to say.  A lot more.

If you’d like to read an interview with Robert McDuffie about the Violin Concerto No.2, click here.

Here’s another interview from the “Aspen Times” from the day of the American premiere.

And for reviews of the World Premiere, click here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jeff permalink
    July 26, 2010 7:58 am

    Another great video preview of American Four Seasons:

    And a recording of it will be available in early October!

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