Glass - Metamorphosis, The Hours | Channel Classics CCSSA33912

Glass - Metamorphosis, The Hours

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA33912

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th November 2012

Contents

Works

Glass, Philip

Glassworks
» I Opening
Metamorphosis
The Hours (arr. piano solo by Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly)
» An unwelcome friend (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» Choosing life (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» I'm going to make a cake (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» Something she has to do (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» The Hours (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» The Poet Acts (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)

Artists

Lavinia Meijer (harp)

Works

Glass, Philip

Glassworks
» I Opening
Metamorphosis
The Hours (arr. piano solo by Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly)
» An unwelcome friend (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» Choosing life (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» I'm going to make a cake (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» Something she has to do (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» The Hours (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)
» The Poet Acts (trans. for harp by Lavinia Meijer)

Artists

Lavinia Meijer (harp)

About

"My first encounter with Philip Glass in 2011 was truly one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. As a harpist I feel greatly privileged to have such new experiences - not only on stage, but also behind the scenes. Collaboration with composers is an important aspect of this, and new ideas not infrequently arise through personal encounters and mutual inspiration. This was certainly the case when I met Phil, who had never before heard his Metamorphosis live on the harp. After my initial nervosity, tension soon melted away when I played the opening bars and he remarked “that sounds beautiful!”." - Lavinia Meijer

Since their first encounter in May 2011, Lavinia Meijer has worked with some frequency with Philip Glass, even though he has never written solo works specifically for the harp. However, many of his piano works and piano transcriptions, after minor adjustments, prove to be well suited to the modern pedal harp.

Initially, Lavinia Meijer added Glass's five movement Metamorphosis to her repertoire, on the instigation of the undersigned, the Amsterdam gallery owner Robert Malasch and the American composer himself. After a first and successful performance (in the composer's presence) in the Amsterdam 'pop temple' The Melkweg, a first official recording was made for Channel Classics in June 2011 in the Dutch town of Schiedam.

Lavinia Meijer is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful rising stars. Besides performing the standard harp repertoire, Lavinia is very keen on playing modern music. She is also interested in experiments with electronic music, theatrical performances and jazz. Her CDs have received rave reviews and awards.

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