This Concerto grew from music Glass composed in 2001 for Naqoyqatsi, his third collaboration with the innovative documentary director, Godfrey Reggio. Glass had completed his first Cello Concerto (dedicated to, and premiered by, Julian Lloyd Webber) shortly before, but it was not until a decade later that he decided to turn the film score into a ‘proper’ concerto. I’m familiar with the first films in the trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi but haven’t seen Naqoyqatsi: apparently its images were largely digitally created. And Glass wanted to composer ‘a very acoustic piece that could be played by a real orchestra’. Continue reading →
Performed by Matt Haimovitz-Dennis Russell Davies and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Like a lot of people, I first became aware of Philip Glass’ music through his soundtrack work, especially for the films ‘Koyaanisquatsi’, ‘Kundun’ and ‘Powaqqatsi.’ Something in Glass’ approach Continue reading →
Philip Glass. Cello Concerto No.2 “Naqoyqatsi”. Matt Haimowitz–Denis Russell Davies. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Orange Mountain Music.
Philip Glass makes music that mostly sounds like Philip Glass. His motifs replicate identically, like stem cells that each possess within a tiny tendency to be unstable and to seek out variation. Continue reading →
The music for Philip Glass’ second concerto for cello and orchestra is cobbled from a 2001 film score, Naqoyqatsi: Life as War. Glass seems to have particular success when using Hopi Indian words as musical inspiration. Remember the famous scores to the films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi? …
Speaking by phone from Montreal, Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz revealed that he’s a great admirer of the American singer Nina Simone. Looking at his life and career, one can easily see why. Like Simone, Haimovitz is admired for his solid classical grounding, eclecticism, improvisatory brilliance and the fact that he defies easy classification. Continue reading →
It’s not so often that Cincinnati, OH feels like the center of the musical world, and it’s even rarer that I get to work with several of my musical idols on a single project. But every once in a while, the stars align, and this past week Continue reading →
Composer Philip Glass featured the cello in his soundtrack to the Godfrey Reggio film “Naqoyqatsi,” he said, because “we think of the cello as the instrument closest to the human voice.”
On Friday night, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and cellist Matt Haimovitz performed the world premiere of Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi,” a CSO commission based on his film score. On the podium was Dennis Russell Davies, a frequent Glass collaborator.