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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Releases from Orange Mountain Music

The 2006 Golden Globe Awards nominations are in and in the music category they are as follows:-

Gustavo Santaolalla for Brokeback Mountain
Harry Gregson-Williams for The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
James Newton Howard for King Kong
John Williams for Memoirs of a Geisha
Alexandre Desplat for Syriana

As I've been working like a dog again today, I still have had no time to review any CDs, which is most frustrating as they continue to pile up, but in the words of a famous fictional Southern Belle "tomorrow is another day." Anyway, although I don't feel qualified to review them, I must bring your attention to two recent releases from Orange Mountain Music of New York, who primarily release music by Philip Glass and I have had the pleasure of reviewing many of their CDs in the past, mostly film music, but not always.
Firstly, we have Music 4 Hands, which features six scenes from Glass' opera Les Enfants Terribles, performed by pianists Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. Also on the disc is Steve Reich's "Piano Phase."
The second release is Glass' Symphony No.6: Plutonian Ode, which was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Brucknerhaus Linz in celebration of the composer's 65th birthday. The libretto is Allen Ginsberg's Plutonian Ode, with the three movements of the symphony following the three parts of the poem. The first disc of this two-disc set features soprano Lauren Flanigan, with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. The second disc appears to feature the same performance, but with recitation by Ginsberg.


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