Glass - In the Summer House, Mad Rush; Muhly - 4 Studies, Honest Music | Harmonia Mundi HMU907599

Glass - In the Summer House, Mad Rush; Muhly - 4 Studies, Honest Music


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU907599

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th April 2016



This recital of music, especially written or arranged for violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun, highlights the personal and professional connections between Philip Glass and Nico Muhly, a longtime colleague and admirer of Glassís work.

Nico Muhly first listened to Philip Glassí Music in Twelve Parts in his freshman year of college, while riding the subway in New York. Within a year of that subway encounter, Muhly found himself working at Glassís studio as a copyist, editor, and sequencer for film scores. Here Glass is presented not as the author of mammoth pieces like Music in Twelve Parts, but as a miniaturist; a role shared with Muhly, who rarely composes in epic mode.

The making of this recording has been an inspiring journey for the Chun Duo: a 2009 meeting with the Dalai Lama affected the sisters deeply and led them to the music of Philip Glass, whose Mad Rush (here transcribed by Alexandra du Bois for two violins) had been composed for His Holinessís first visit to North America in 1981.


This disc of music for two violins, agilely played by Angela and Jennifer Chun, highlights their [Muhlyís and Glassís] strongly individual voices. Muhlyís Four Studies (2014) are transparent explorations in counterpoint (listen for the composer providing keyboard drone). Glassís Mad Rush (1979) and In the Summer (1993, transcribed by the Chuns in 2014) carry his trademark arpeggiated patterns and ever unfolding melodies, which here take on a silvery, high-violin hue.  Fiona Maddocks

The Observer 24 April 2016

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