I procured this CD in order to hear the world premiere recording of the performance of the Three Songs, as I hadn't come across this before and I enjoy the compositions of Philip Glass. They were commissioned for the 350th anniversary of Quebec in 1984, and they are sung a cappella - so unaccompanied. For this performance, the choir consists of the Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by David Temple, and I was impressed by the quality of the singing as well as the … mehrmusic itself. It didn't immediately strike me as being a typical Philip Glass sound until about one third through the first song which had lyrics by Leonard Cohen. The echoing arpeggios eventually provided the clue to the handiwork of Philip Glass, and this style carried through the other songs. All three songs were melodious and the different voices of the choir complemented both harmonically and harmoniously together.
The chorus track from the film Koyaanisqatsi - Vessals - was very reminiscent of the original film recording, although it was sung at a slightly lower tempo which seemed to produce a more mellow and emotionally charged rendition, in my opinion.
For me, the re-interpretation of the Songs from Liquid Days was superb in every sense, from the special arrangements by Jeremy Marchant, through to the excellent performance of the choir and lead singers Najma Akhtar and Wills Morgan.
I re-discovered my love of this music, and this version has an edge and a quality which means I struggle to decide whether the original has been surpassed.
This album was released in 2000, and is well worth listening to. weniger
Three Songs For Choir A Cappella
There Are Some Men02:54
Quand Les Hommes Vivront03:00
Piere De Soleil04:02
Vessels From Koyaanisqatsi07:55
Songs From Liquid Days
In Liquid Days05:09
Open The Kingdom08:31