BBC Music Magazine: Review of Philip Glass Cello Concerto No. 2 ‘Naqoyqatsi”

December 12, 2013

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 Naqoyqatsiapparently 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


Gramophone Magazine: Glass’s Naqoyqatsi score reworked as a cello concerto

December 12, 2013

Replete with images of war, death, conflict and pain, Naqoyqatsi is arguably the darkest and most disturbing depiction of ‘life out of balance’ in Godfrey Reggio’s Qatsi film trilogy. Glass’s music remains for the most part detached from the film’s disturbing images, however, acting in the composer’s words more ‘as a doorway into the film’. Continue reading

The Whole Note: Review of Glass Concerto No. 2: “Early, Classical and Beyond Strings Attached – October 2013″

September 30, 2013

The terrific Matt Haimovitz is back with another fascinating CD, this time featuring the Cello Concerto No.2 “Naqoyqatsi” by Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music OMM 0087). Long-time Glass champion Dennis Russell Davies provides excellent support with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading

OpusOneReview: The Oceanic Terrace of Philip Glass’s Cello Concerto No. 2. A review by Stanley Fefferman

June 4, 2013

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

Audiophilia: Glass — Cello Concerto No.2 ‘Naqoyqatsi’/Matt Haimovitz, cello/ Cincinnati Symphony/Dennis Russell Davies

June 3, 2010

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? …

Read the full review at: Audiophilia

by: Anthony Kershaw

Toronto Star: Cincinnati Symphony’s excellent take on Philip Glass’s Cello Concerto No. 2: album review

May 6, 2013

Matt Haimovitz & Cincinnati Symphony

Philip Glass, Cello Concerto No. 2 (Orange Mountain)

3.5/4 stars Matt Haimovitz: Global yet grounded

March 20, 2013

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

WQXR: Q2 Music Album of the Week: A Second Look at Philip Glass’s Monumental ‘Naqoyqatsi’

March 11, 2013


Given that Koyaanisqatsi, Philip Glass‘s first collaboration with film director Godfrey Reggio, stands alongside Einstein on the Beach as one of those rare instances where experimental culture Continue reading

Examiner: New On Disc

April 2, 2012

Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz/Shuffle, Play, Listen (Oxingale Records) – At this point, there’s no denying that pianist/arranger Christopher O’Riley is the preeminent interpreter of contemporary rock music, Continue reading Haimovitz, CSO sing in haunting Glass concerto

April 1, 2012

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.

Haunting and deeply beautiful, Continue reading